This is an updated version of the patch I introduced here:
Mainly, this patch addresses the numerous comments by Noah Misch here:
My thanks to Noah for the very exhaustive review and ideas.
I also removed the bit about copying the ComboCid to the new version of
the tuple during an update. I think that must have been the result of
very fuzzy thinking; I cannot find any reasoning that leads to it being
necessary, or even correct.
I also included Marti Raudsepp's patch to consider only indexes usable
in foreign keys.
One thing I have not addressed is Noah's idea about creating a new lock
mode, KEY UPDATE, that would let us solve the initial problem that this
patch set to resolve in the first place. I am not clear on exactly how
that is to be implemented, because currently heap_update and heap_delete
do not grab any kind of lock but instead do their own ad-hoc waiting. I
think that might need to be reshuffled a bit, to which I haven't gotten
yet, and is a radical enough idea that I would like it to be discussed
by the hackers community at large before setting sail on developing it.
In the meantime, this patch does improve the current situation quite a
Álvaro Herrera <alvherre(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
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