hey all,

I decided to do some bench testing on using opnqry with different types of
logicals to see what access paths are chosen.

i have a file - about  500,000 records, not keyed.

My CL is as follows:

PGM
OVRDBF     FILE(SHP72PTD) SHARE(*YES)
OPNQRYF    FILE((SHP72PTD)) QRYSLT('FRMLC9 = "9" *AND +
             FRMLOC = "81" *AND SHPFOR = "SHP"') +
             KEYFLD((FRMLC9) (FRMLOC) (TOLOC) (PRDCDE) +
             (SHPFOR))

/* shptestr does nothing but read every record in the file, input primary,
by key */

CALL       PGM(SHPTESTR)

CLOF       OPNID(SHP72PTD)
DLTOVR     FILE(*ALL)
ENDPGM

I have 2 logical file DDS members (as yet not built)

 * SHP72PTDL1
A          R SHP72PTDR                  PFILE(SHP72PTD)
A          K FRMLC9
A          K FRMLOC
A          K TOLOC
A          K PRDCDE
A          K SHPFOR

and

 *SHP72PTDL2
A          R SHP72PTDR                  PFILE(SHP72PTD)
A          K FRMLC9
A          K FRMLOC
A          K TOLOC
A          K PRDCDE
A          K SHPFOR
A          S FRMLC9                    COMP(EQ '9')
A            FRMLOC                    COMP(EQ '81')
A            SHPFOR                    COMP(EQ 'SHP')

note, the L2 logical is exactly the sequence and selection criteria as the
opnqryf.

I ran the call the CL 3 times with debug turned on so I could see the query
optimizer messages.

1. no logicals built:  it created the access path, as expected.

2. L1 only built:  it considered all paths and used the existing L1 path,
as expected.

3. L2 only built.  it considered all paths, and decided to create it's own.

why didn't it use the L2 logical?  it was exactly what it needed?

I'm assuming it's because it won't consider existing access paths that have
record selections, because the chances if it meeting the selection criteria
is slim to none.

I guess what I'm asking is, if you're going to do record selection, rather
do it via opnqryf than by logical, because you'll end up having a ton of
single purpose logicals, and if you do ever happen to use opnqryf, your
logicals with record selection won't ever be considered - wasted access
paths.

Comments?

BTW, I have the bench times involved too if anyone is interested.

Thanks,



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