Microsoft KB Archive/252905

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Article ID: 252905

Article Last Modified on 3/14/2006


  • Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q252905

BUG #: 56821 (SQLBUG_70)


A complex join query may take an excessive amount of time to compile a plan if one of the tables does not have any filter conditions other than the join predicate.


During optimization of the join order, certain heuristics are used to guess at a good plan to use as a starting point in analyzing the various join permutations. One of these heuristics favors a filtered table over an unfiltered table. If this assumption is wrong, it may take the optimizer a longer period of time to analyze all of the join permutations and to search out the best plan.


A supported fix is now available from Microsoft, but it is only intended to correct the problem that is described in this article. Apply it only to computers that are experiencing this specific problem. This fix may receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, Microsoft recommends that you wait for the next SQL Server service pack that contains this hotfix.

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The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:

   Version      File name     Platform

   7.00.770     s70770i.exe   x86
   7.00.770     s70770a.exe   Alpha

NOTE: Due to file dependencies, the most recent hotfix or feature that contains the above files may also contain additional files.


Add an additional filter condition that is always true. This avoids favoring the unfiltered table but does not affect the results.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in SQL Server 7.0. This problem has been corrected in U.S. Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

254561 INF: How to Obtain Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 and Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) 1.0

For more information, contact your primary support provider.


The following query is an example of a query that has no filter condition on titleauthor other than the join predicate:

select a.au_id, a.au_lname, ta.title_id from authors a 
   join titleauthor ta on a.au_id = ta.au_id
   a.au_lname like 'S%'

Note that this query is simple enough so that you do not see any performance impact as a result of the heuristic; this is usually only noticeable in queries with a large number of joins.

Additional query words: compile statistics time showplan_all showplan_text

Keywords: kbbug kbfix KB252905