On 02/08/07, Brion Vibber <brion(a)wikimedia.org> wrote:
It might not hurt to do some basic approximations
here: do the EXPLAIN
estimate, then if it's a smallish value, go ahead and grab an exact count.
Proof that great minds think alike; Tim Starling proposed the exact
same thing less than two months ago when I was pondering "out loud"
removing the count altogether.
What would be more useful would be a historical graph
showing the rise
and fall of the queue size. That would help people to avoid freaking out
when it's briefly large due to activity.
I'm going to assume you mean this in the manner of a casual Wikimedia
project, perhaps something for the Toolserver...?