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BUG #3484: Missing pg_clog file / corrupt index

From: "Marc Schablewski" <ms(at)clickware(dot)de>
To: pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: BUG #3484: Missing pg_clog file / corrupt index
Date: 2007-07-25 14:02:30
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The following bug has been logged online:

Bug reference:      3484
Logged by:          Marc Schablewski
Email address:      ms(at)clickware(dot)de
PostgreSQL version: 8.1.8
Operating system:   SuSE Linux 10.0 / Kernel 2.6.13-15.8-smp (x86-64)
Description:        Missing pg_clog file / corrupt index

Our application receives and processes payment information that comes in
plain text files and stores the processed data into different tables in our
database. There are about 5 tables involved, three of them with 35 million
records so far. We get approximately 150000 payments a day. Each payment is
handled in a single transaction, because in case of an error, we want to
store as many payments as possible. We have about 500000 INSERT and a few
UPDATE statements each day. The whole application runs on two servers (see
specs below) which are nearly identical. One is the production system, the
other is for testing.

A few months ago we had some trouble with the test system. Postgres
complained about a missing pg_clog file during nightly routine
VACUUM/ANALYZE. Some days later, the same error occurred on the production
system, even on the same table! The corrupted table is one of those bigger
ones involved into the file processing. After searching the web we found a
hint that this problem could be related to a bug in 8.1.3, so we upgraded to
8.1.8 and restored the databases on both servers. This was around May, but
now we discovered the same problem on our production system again. Actually,
the error occurred four weeks ago, but it was not discovered until now 
if you do error logging, you should look at it from time to time ;)

When trying to backup or vacuum the database, we receive one of the
following error messages:

pg_dump: ERROR:  could not access status of transaction 2134240
DETAIL:  could not open file "pg_clog/0002": Datei oder Verzeichnis nicht
pg_dump: SQL command to dump the contents of table "dateiblock" failed:
PQendcopy() failed.
pg_dump: Error message from server: ERROR:  could not access status of
transaction 2134240
DETAIL:  could not open file "pg_clog/0002": Datei oder Verzeichnis nicht
pg_dump: The command was: COPY public.dateiblock (id, eda_id, dbt_id, lfdnr,
binaer_offset, laenge) TO stdout;

INFO:  vacuuming "public.dateiblock"
ERROR:  could not access status of transaction 2134240
DETAIL:  could not open file "pg_clog/0002": Datei oder Verzeichnis nicht

(For those not familiar to the German language: Datei oder Verzeichnis
nicht gefunden means file or directory not found).

Current pg_clogs range from 005A to 008F. The oldest one is dated to April

We narrowed it down to a few records in that table. Some records contain
unreasonable values, others produce the same message about the missing
pg_clog file when selected and some are simply missing. But they must have
existed, because there are still records in a second table referencing them.
One strange thing about this is, that the referencing records are about two
and a half months old and shouldnt been touched since then.

We dont think this is a hardware issue, because we had it on two
different servers and within a short period of time. 

Luckily, the loss of data is minimal. There are only about 30 records
affected. Otherwise this would have been fatal, because as said before, our
backup was not working either.

In addition, we had another problem today. One of the indexes on a second
table became corrupted, causing the database backend to rollback all
transactions and restart the processes. A REINDEX fixed it, but it leaves me
with a bad feeling about what will break next.

2007-07-25 08:07:00 CEST PANIC:  right sibling's left-link doesn't match
2007-07-25 08:07:00 CEST STATEMENT:  insert into transaktion (kaz_id,
dbl_id, sta_id, kss_id, summe, zeitpunkt, tracenr, terminalid, status,
, wae_id, kassenschnitt, freigabe, flo_id, importdatum)  VALUES ($1, $2, $3,
$4, $5, $6, $7, $8, $9, $10, $11, $12, $13, $14, $15)
2007-07-25 08:07:00 CEST LOG:  server process (PID 5699) was terminated by
signal 6
2007-07-25 08:07:00 CEST LOG:  terminating any other active server
2007-07-25 08:07:00 CEST WARNING:  terminating connection because of crash
of another server process
2007-07-25 08:07:00 CEST DETAIL:  The postmaster has commanded this server
process to roll back the current transaction and exit, because another
server process exited abnormally and possibly corrupted shared memory.

Kind regards,

Marc Schablewski


OS:	SUSE LINUX 10.0 (x86-64), 2.6.13-15.8-smp x86_64

System:	2x Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 2.80GHz Dual Core, 4GB RAM (HP proliant
3Ware 9500S-4LP, 2xRAID1 (one for OS & one for database)

Postgres 8.1.8

Postgres was compiled manually but with default parameters. The
configuration has been tuned to improve performance.

shared_buffers = 30000
maintenance_work_mem = 131072
max_fsm_pages = 500000
default_statistics_target = 200
redirect_stderr = on
log_directory = '/var/log/pg_log'

log_min_duration_statement = 10
log_duration = on
log_line_prefix = '%t '
stats_start_collector = on
stats_command_string = on
stats_block_level = on
stats_row_level = on
stats_reset_on_server_start = off

VACUUM ANALYZE runs once a day, auto_vacuum is off.


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