[ic] st=db

Grant listbox at email.com
Wed Nov 12 14:34:28 EST 2003

> At 12:13 PM 11/12/2003 -0800, you wrote:
> >Why wouldn't you want every loop search to use st=db to search
> the database
> >instead of the txt source file?  The txt file is only up to date
> when it has
> >just been exported from the db file, right?  It seems like
> leaving st=db out
> >of a loop search would send you searching through old data most
> of the time.
> >I'm noticing that happening now that I've upgraded to mySQL, but maybe it
> >was happening before too.
> >
> >- Grant
> Ironically, you may get better performance out of those text-file
> searches

What about the fact that the txt files are full of old data except right
after you export to them?  I guess people are either using the query tag or
regular IC searches with st=db when using SQL?

> now, since in most cases interchange applies a [loop search..] to SQL by
> doing a 'select * from table' to grab a copy of the entire table
> contents,
> essentially importing it and scanning it locally. This is not very
> efficient to say the least, and can kill your catalog's performance with
> large tables.
> The best answer at this time is to start replacing interchange-type
> searches with SQL passed via the [query] tag; well-written queries and
> judicious indexing of SQL tables will give you impressive performance
> gains. Rewriting the code for the keyword search box and the standard
> foundation catalog results pages, sidebar links code (bar_link routine),
> components which utilize search code, etc., is also well worth the effort
> once you have comitted to SQL, IMHO.

Will do.

- Grant

> - Ed L.

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