On Tue, 2008-09-30 at 17:13 -0400, pgsql(at)mohawksoft(dot)com wrote:
> > I believe the idea was to make this as non-invasive as possible. And
> > it would be really nice if this could be enabled without a dump/
> > reload (maybe the upgrade stuff would make this possible?)
> > --
> It's all about the probability of a duplicate check being generated. If
> you use a 32 bit checksum, then you have a theoretical probability of 1 in
> 4 billion that a corrupt block will be missed (probably much lower
> depending on your algorithm). If you use a short, then a 1 in 65 thousand
> probability. If you use an 8 bit number, then 1 in 256.
> Why am I going on? Well, if there are any spare bits in a block header,
> they could be used for the check value.
Even and 64-bit integer is just 0.1% of 8k page size, and it is even
less than 0.1% likely that page will be 100% full and thus that 64bits
wastes any real space at all.
So I don't think that this is a space issue.
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