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My SQL query is crawling along- why?

11:23 am on Feb 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I've got a query, below that's taking ages to bring back results. I think I've done something wrong, but am not sure.

It uses 3 tables, offers, products and tags

I've created 4 table aliases for tags so I can query them. Any help on this would be very welcome.

SELECT p.product_name, p.page, p.description, p.brand_name, p.model,
t1.tag, t2.tag,t3.tag,t4.tag

FROM offers o JOIN products p
ON o.product_name = p.product_name
JOIN tags t1
ON t1.product_name = p.product_name
JOIN tags t2
ON t2.product_name = p.product_name
JOIN tags t3
ON t3.product_name = p.product_name
JOIN tags t4
ON t4.product_name = p.product_name
WHERE p.cat1 = 'product category'
AND o.display_price > 5 AND t2.tag = 'some feature' AND t3.tag = 'another feature' GROUP BY o.product_name ORDER BY p.size ASC LIMIT 0, 10
4:29 pm on Feb 11, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Do you have the tables properly indexed?

I assume product_name is a VARCHAR in each table? You'll likely have better results in using an INT product_id instead of a VARCHAR product_name. You'll also avoid a major headache in the future if the name of a product changes.
6:46 am on Feb 12, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Agreed, joining on a textual field is much slower and it's killing you, and is likely to get worse as it grows.