On Thu, Feb 23, 2006 at 11:49:46PM +0000, Robin Iddon wrote:
> Jim C. Nasby wrote:
> >Please upgrade.
> >Are you running with the default FSM settings? I'm guessing that
> >pg_statistics has just gotten so large that it's blowing out the FSM.
> >The last few lines from vacuumdb -av would verify that...
> I am running this in a critical production environment, so I would like
> to understand whether upgrading is my only option before I do it (I'll
> need to do some testing first, then organise downtime, etc. - I will do
> it if required, but would rather a workaround!). If I do upgrade, I
> assume you mean upgrade to the current 8.1.x release?
Well, as I mentioned elsewhere, there are some reasons to upgrade to
8.1.x. But no, my comment was specifically about upgrading to the latest
8.0 release. There have been both security and data-loss fixes that you
really should get.
> Yes, I am running with the default FSM settings.
> Here is the output from vacuumdb -v gems (I ran it against my tiny test
> database, not the production database right now, but remember that even
> this tiny test database had an enormous pg_statistic table):
> <snip> this is the last few lines as requested
> INFO: free space map: 182 relations, 25120 pages stored; 98272 total
> pages needed
> DETAIL: Allocated FSM size: 1000 relations + 20000 pages = 182 kB
> shared memory.
You need 100k pages minimum here.
> I don't actually understand exactly what this is telling me though!
Take a look at
It's a good overview of the FSM, how it works, and how to understand
vacuum verbose output. Though, I guess my opinion is biased since I
wrote it... ;)
Jim C. Nasby, Sr. Engineering Consultant jnasby(at)pervasive(dot)com
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