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Re: [HACKERS] Patch(es) to expose n_live_tuples and

From: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org, Alvaro Herrera <alvherre(at)commandprompt(dot)com>, Glen Parker <glenebob(at)nwlink(dot)com>, Postgresql Patches <pgsql-patches(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: [HACKERS] Patch(es) to expose n_live_tuples and
Date: 2006-12-27 04:12:05
Message-ID: 200612270412.kBR4C5P26257@momjian.us (view raw or flat)
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Tom Lane wrote:
> Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us> writes:
> > Alvaro Herrera wrote:
> >> I'm not really convinced that Bruce's proposed names seem any better to
> >> me.  What's wrong with "dead" and "live"?
> 
> > In my mind, visible really means "visible to anyone", and expired means
> > visible to no one.
> 
> Um ... surely, visibility is in the eye of the beholder (no smiley).
> 
> I don't have an immediate suggestion for better terminology, but IMHO
> the whole point of visible/invisible terminology is that it depends on
> who's looking.  Dead and live seem to convey a more appropriate air
> of finality.
> 
> "Expired" is OK as a synonym for "dead", but there is no thesaurus
> anywhere in the world that will suggest it as an antonym for "visible".

OK, so we need new terminology and we need it to be used consistenly in
our documentation, whatever we choose.

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  Bruce Momjian   bruce(at)momjian(dot)us
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