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Re: 16-bit page checksums for 9.2

From: Alvaro Herrera <alvherre(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
To: Heikki Linnakangas <heikki(dot)linnakangas(at)enterprisedb(dot)com>
Cc: Simon Riggs <simon(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>, Robert Haas <robertmhaas(at)gmail(dot)com>, Noah Misch <noah(at)leadboat(dot)com>, Andres Freund <andres(at)anarazel(dot)de>, Kevin Grittner <kevin(dot)grittner(at)wicourts(dot)gov>, david <david(at)fetter(dot)org>, aidan <aidan(at)highrise(dot)ca>, stark <stark(at)mit(dot)edu>, Pg Hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: 16-bit page checksums for 9.2
Date: 2012-02-29 19:18:44
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Excerpts from Heikki Linnakangas's message of mié feb 29 16:09:02 -0300 2012:
> On 29.02.2012 19:54, Simon Riggs wrote:
> > I'm beginning to lose faith that objections are being raised at a
> > rational level. It's not a panel game with points for clever answers,
> > its an engineering debate about how to add features real users want.
> > And they do want, so let me solve the problems by agreeing something
> > early enough to allow it to be implemented, rather than just
> > discussing it until we run out of time.
> 
> I thought my view on how this should be done was already clear, but just 
> in case it isn't, let me restate: Enlarge the page header to make room 
> for the checksum. To handle upgrades, put code in the backend to change 
> the page format from old version to new one on-the-fly, as pages are 
> read in. Because we're making the header larger, we need to ensure that 
> there's room on every page. To do that, write a utility that you run on 
> the cluster before running pg_upgrade, which moves tuples to ensure 
> that. To ensure that the space doesn't get used again before upgrading, 
> change the old version so that it reserves those N bytes in all new 
> insertions and updates (I believe that approach has been discussed 
> before and everyone is comfortable with backpatching such a change). All 
> of this in 9.3.

Note that if we want such an utility to walk and transform pages, we
probably need a marker in the catalogs somewhere so that pg_upgrade can
make sure that it was done in all candidate tables -- which is something
that we should get in 9.2 so that it can be used in 9.3.  Such a marker
would also allow us get rid of HEAP_MOVED_IN and HEAP_MOVED_OUT.

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Álvaro Herrera <alvherre(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
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