[FX.php List] optimizing FMS7A sort performance?

Dale Bengston dbengston at preservationstudio.com
Thu Dec 9 18:47:43 MST 2004

Hi Michael,

Do you have all 200 fields on the layout being accessed via the web?

Dale Bengston | Streamline Studio, LLC | dbengston at streamline-studio.com
Associate Member, FileMaker Solutions Alliance

On Dec 9, 2004, at 7:42 PM, Michael McIntyre wrote:

> I'm looking for techniques/advice/workarounds to improve the slow sort 
> performance in FMS7.02 Advanced.
> 	[Server HW: Dual 2Ghz G5 Xserve, 1GB RAM, OS Server 10.3.6]
> 	[workstation HW: Dual 2Ghz G5 Powermac, 1.5GB RAM, OS 10.3.6]
> With a 1 table db of ~2K records, ~200 fields, sorting all records on 
> a single indexed date, serialNumber, or text field seems to have an 
> order of magnitude difference as follows:
>  <  1s (db on workstation HDD open with FMP7.03, first sort, good)
>  > 10s (db on FMS7, remote opened on workstation with FMP7.03, first 
> sort, BAD)
>  <  1s (db on FMS7, remote opened on workstation with FMP7.03, 
> subsequent sort)
>  > 10s (db on FMS7, web display with same sort parameter passed via 
> FX.php, EVERY sort, BAD)
> How does this compare with others' experience with FMS7A, both 
> server-client and server-web?
> I don't know how FM technically does its sorts but it appears that 
> performing a sort also sets up an index to speed subsequent sorts in 
> the same client 'session'. However FX.php calls to FMS7A are perhaps 
> each unique thus have no such index to work with, yes?
> Needless to say the 10s sort time for this particular FX.php query 
> (browsing entire db) is prohibitively slow.
> -michael
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