1) Keep in mind that you're doing *NE lookups on the last two fields,
not *EQ. Indexes are much less useful on *NE lookups since you're close
to reading all the records anyway.

2) Could the index it did build have included record selection in the
index? I don't know if the optimizer shows that data in its message. 

-Walden


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President & CEO
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From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
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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