Re: A DBMS implementation Question

From: Jan Hidders <>
Date: 28 Feb 2003 21:01:43 +0100
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owen wrote:
>Some small rational dbms use B tree for indexing. I found a problem in the
>condition that the key for the table is a multiple key. For example
>, there is a table which is denoted as emp(no, age, name), and (no +
>age) is the key for indexing.In the B Tree, the values of "no" and "age"
>are transfered to String and merge together, such as the key value of
>(1, 20, "abc") is "00010020",and the the B Tree of the table is
>established by the sequence of the key.

Not necessarily, you can define a B-tree on a combination of columns and most DBMSs have this possibility.

> Now , I have a problem , if I want to query all the people whose
> age are more than 20 , which is described as "select * from emp
> where age > 20", i can't use b tree for indexing, if i use , the
> number of records that i must scan may be very large, how to sovle
> the problem.
> The problem can be expressed as "how to deal with scaning the table
> using non-primary key or non-key field".

Define an extra index on them. There is no reason why indices should be limited to key columns.

  • Jan Hidders
Received on Fri Feb 28 2003 - 21:01:43 CET

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