Rick,

It's possible that the access path it built was over a temporary table and
was simply used for ordering purposes.

In other words, it did a full table scan to select the records into a
temporary table.  Then built an access path so it could do the ordering.

I'm no expert, but I seem to recall being told that when using *NE, a full
table scan is pretty likely unless the optimizer knows exactly how many rows
don't have the value you're comparing to.

Instead of one index over multiple columns, it may work better if you have
multiple (EVI?) indexes over single columns.

HTH,
Charles


> -----Original Message-----
> From: rick.baird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:rick.baird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Tuesday, March 30, 2004 11:51 AM
> To: midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: query optimizer revisited - this shouldn't be this hard!
> 
> 
> Ok, now i'm really starting to get frustrated.
> 
> I have an opnqryf statement that I want to run quicker.
> 
> OPNQRYF FILE((HISTRY4))
> QRYSLT('HPEROD *EQ "06" *AND LMRKTC *NE "00" *AND HITEM *NE 0')
> KEYFLD((HITEM) (LMRKTC))
> 
> the query optimizer said:  build this index:
> 
> HPEROD, LMRKTC, HITEM  (the order is wrong, but I'll take 
> it's word for it)
> 
> i create an index:
> 
> CREATE INDEX HISTRY4LA
>     ON HISTRY4 (HPEROD, LMRKTC, HITEM)
> 
> and re-run the query.  It tells me it considered my index, 
> but rejected it
> because of reason 5:
>    5 - The keys of the access path did not match the fields 
> specified for
> the
>  ordering/grouping criteria.
> 
> ok, reasonable enough.  so I change the opnqryf and the index 
> to match each
> other better, while having the same results.
> 
> CREATE INDEX HISTRY4LA
>     ON HISTRY4 (HPEROD, HITEM, LMRKTC)
> 
> and
> 
> OPNQRYF FILE((HISTRY4))
> QRYSLT('HPEROD *EQ "06" *AND HITEM *NE 0 *AND LMRKTC *NE "00"')
> KEYFLD((HPEROD) (HITEM) (LMRKTC))
> 
> I ran again, and it says it considered my index, but rejected 
> it because of
> reason 4.
>   4 - The cost to use this access path, as determined by the 
> optimizer, was
> higher than the cost associated with the chosen access method.
> 
> So I checked to see what access path WAS built, and this is 
> what it told
> me.
> 
> HPEROD     ASCEND,  HITEM      ASCEND,  LMRKTC     ASCEND.
> 
> BUT THAT'S MY ACCESS PATH!!!  why did it build another access 
> path exactly
> like mine?
> 
> This shouldn't be rocket science, but it's obviously harder 
> than it looks.
> I'm about to just start building single purpose logicals and 
> be done with
> it.
> 
> help please....
> 
> Rick
> 
> 
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