Re: What does LIKE '%%' actually do in a WHERE clause?

hi Norman,
to get the first 100 rows..whats criteria..any..then rownnum will
work..otherwise..top-n queries should be used..
am sure top-n queries will be faster..

randomly I found two sites about top n queries..

http://www.orafaq.com/faq/how_does_one_select_the_top_n_rows_from_a_table

http://www.oracle-base.com/articles/misc/TopNQueries.php
thanks..subodh
On 5 October 2011 20:55, Dunbar, Norman (Capgemini) <
norman.dunbar.capgemini@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi Subodh,
>
> >> and if we are going to use rownum then it will be always
> >> faster I suppose..
> Both queries used the rownum < 101 to just get the first 100 rows.
>
> The one with % in the WHERE clause (and the one with nothing except the
> joins between tables) takes over 7 minutes - it has huge cardinalities and
> I'm sure that it's joining all 4 tables and then returning  the first 100
> rows.
>
> The one with %% joins the tables and bungs back the same 100 rows in a
> couple of seconds.
>
>
> <SNIP>
>
>
> >> not very sure randomly guess may be '%%' will ignore nulls..
> Yes, % won't match nulls.
>
>
> Thanks.
>
>
> Cheers,
> Norm.
>
> Norman Dunbar
> Contract Senior Oracle DBA
> Capgemini Database Build Team
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