[OSM-dev] API very slow this morning

Nick Black nickblack1 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 22 14:18:11 GMT 2007

I'm jumping in a bit late here - thats what you get for not checking
the mailing list every 5 mins - but I am up for a UK dev day as well
(London preferred;-)).

On 3/22/07, Robert (Jamie) Munro <rjmunro at arjam.net> wrote:
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> SteveC wrote:
> >
> > Styno wrote:
> >> If the slowness of the API is caused by the lack of row level locking in
> >> MyISAM, then it IMHO has no (great) use in trying to optimize the SQL
> >> code or other components then the database.
> >
> > You havn't looked at the query then :-)
> >
> > It's a large thing with sub-selects, which locks some key tables (like
> > the user table). It could be re-written to be iterative and split in to
> > a number of queries. Please feel free to do that as a quick fix:
> >
> > http://trac.openstreetmap.org/browser/www.openstreetmap.org/ruby/api/osm/dao.rb#L431
> <rant>
> In a real database, "a large thing with sub selects" is much more
> efficient than breaking things into separate queries. The database can
> optimise the query before doing any looking up, and can use it's
> knowledge of the data structure and indexes to find the data with the
> least load on the system. If it's a query that's used regularly, this
> optimisation can be cached, especially if you properly paramatise your
> queries.
> Paramatised queries are not about SQL injection attacks (which I seem to
> read all the time), they are about giving the database the data in a
> data channel, rather than in the instructions. It's like the difference
> between editing your code each time you want to run it on a different
> file, rather than make it take a filename on the command line.
> </rant>
> :-)
> Robert (Jamie) Munro
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