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BUG #: 350896 (SHILOH_BUGS)
Executing the MAX or MIN aggregate functions on a column, which has a hypothetical clustered index that triggers a recompile, may cause a CPU spin to occur.
The statistics for the hypothetical clustered index that is generated by the Index Tuning Wizard is not refreshed. As a result, the sysindexes.rowmodctr column remains unchanged, resulting in an endless recompile loop.
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for SQL Server 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/290211/EN-US/ )INF: How to Obtain the Latest SQL Server 2000 Service Pack
To work around this behavior drop the hypothetical clustered index as follows
Where "hind_c_2046630334_2A_3A" is the name of a hypothetical clustered index created by the Index Tuning Wizard.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in SQL Server 2000. This problem was first corrected in SQL Server 2000 Service Pack 1.
To determine if you have a hypothetical clustered index created by the Index Tuning Wizard you can execute the sp_help stored procedure on the table and check for an index_name that begins with "hind" and an index_description that contains both "clustered" and "hypothetical" in the result. Following is a simplified sample result:
NOTE: The issue of the Index Tuning Wizard not removing hypothetical indexes is resolved and is documented in the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(https://support.microsoft.com/kb/290414/EN-US/ )FIX: Index Tuning Wizard Fails to Remove Hypothetical Index