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From Andrew Lindesay <>
Subject Re: (CAY-1210) mysql does not use index for case insensitive searches
Date Tue, 11 Jan 2011 11:18:47 GMT

PG also appears to support functional indexes;

I use functional indexes with Oracle for this purpose.

 > ...the problem is the the dba has to know to add these additional
 > indexes.
> we can think of this as a different field type in the modeler. VARCHAR
> and ciVARCHAR, etc. After all, 'case insensitive' is just as important a
> concept as the difference between BLOB and TEXT.

I can see a bit of a problem arising with this ^^^ solution where 
somebody wants to be CS sometimes and CI at other times -- case 
sensitivity is often an option in searches.  By using an explicit column 
type, the choice appears to be one way or other at the database level.

I think the functional indexes do make sense and it seems reasonable 
that a DBA would apply them as part of tuning.  Maybe it would be best 
to have a page in the manual on this explaining that for MySQL/... CI 
search it is best to change the collation on the schema objects and for 
Oracle/PG/... CI search it is best to implement functional indexes?


Andrew Lindesay

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