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Re: bad message or bad privilege check in foreign key constraint

From: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Stephan Szabo <sszabo(at)megazone(dot)bigpanda(dot)com>
Cc: depesz(at)depesz(dot)com, pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: bad message or bad privilege check in foreign key constraint
Date: 2008-01-23 00:48:31
Message-ID: 10372.1201049311@sss.pgh.pa.us (view raw or flat)
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Stephan Szabo <sszabo(at)megazone(dot)bigpanda(dot)com> writes:
> On Tue, 22 Jan 2008, Tom Lane wrote:
>> Hmm.  I wonder why we are bothering with FOR SHARE locks on the
>> referencing table, when we don't have any intention to change
>> those rows.  Is there some race condition that's needed to prevent?

> I think it may be if you've done something like updated the row in another
> transaction it waits for the final state of that transaction rather than
> erroring immediately.

> Given something like:
> create table t1(a int primary key);
> create table t2(b int references t1);
> insert into t1 values (1);
> insert into t1 values (2);
> insert into t2 values (1);
> T1: begin;
> T2: begin;
> T1: update t2 set b=2;
> T2: delete from t1 where a=1;
>  -- I think here, if we don't use something that tries to get a row lock
>  -- the delete will fail because it still sees the t2 row having b=1
>  -- while with the lock, it'll succeed if T1 commits and fail if T1
>  -- aborts?

But how much do we care about that?  The case that's actually necessary
for correctness, I think, is to block if we are trying to delete a=2
--- but that happens because T1 took a shared row lock on that row.
Doing it in the other direction too seems like it'll introduce
performance and deadlock issues.

			regards, tom lane

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