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== Postgres Weekly News - February 17 2008 ==

From: David Fetter <david(at)fetter(dot)org>
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Subject: == Postgres Weekly News - February 17 2008 ==
Date: 2008-02-18 05:53:20
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== Postgres Weekly News - February 17 2008 ==

PostgreSQL 8.4 development has started.

Suncoast PostgreSQL Users' Group has formed.
http://pugs.postgresql.org/spug

== Postgres Product News ==

Bindings for D programming language released.
http://pgfoundry.org/projects/pgd/

DBD::Pg 2.0.0 released.
http://search.cpan.org/~turnstep/DBD-Pg-2.0.0/Pg.pm

Devrim GUNDUZ has built a live CD based on Fedora 8 and Postgres 8.3.
http://yum.pgsqlrpms.org/livecd.php

neo_my2pg 0.6beta released
http://pgfoundry.org/projects/my2postgres/

Robert Bernier has released pg_live 8.3.0.1.
http://205.237.195.102/

AnySQL Maestro released.
http://www.sqlmaestro.com/products/postgresql/maestro/

== Postgres Jobs for February ==

http://archives.postgresql.org/pgsql-jobs/2008-02/threads.php

== Postgres Local ==

Federico Campoli will be speaking on Postgres internals at the
GRASS/FOSS Meeting at DICA in Perugia, Italy on February 22.
Information in Italian below.
http://www.grassmeeting2008.unipg.it/?q=node/10

The PostgreSQL and FreeBSD groups will be meeting at FOSDEM Friday
8pm, February 22 at Bier Circus in Brussels.
http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/27/27650/Le_Bier_Circus/Brussels

The BSD and PostgreSQL teams share a developer room at FOSDEM 2008 in
Brussels February 23-34, 2008.  If you want to give a talk or help
managing the dev room, contact fosdem(at)pgug(dot)eu(dot)  For more information,
see:
https://www.bsdwiki.de/FOSDEM_2008

The European PostgreSQL User Group will elect a new board of
directors.  If you want to suggest a candidate or for the voting rules
look at:
http://www.pgug.eu/election.txt

PGCon 2008 will be May 20-23 in Ottawa - now accepting proposals.
http://www.pgcon.org/2008/papers.php

PostgreSQL Conference East '08 talks are March 29 and 30 at the
University of Maryland, College Park.  The Call for Papers is open.
http://www.postgresqlconference.org/

FISL 9.0 will be happening April 17-19, 2008 at PUCRS in Porto Alegre,
Brazil.
https://fisl.softwarelivre.org/9.0/

== Postgres in the News ==

Planet PostgreSQL: http://www.planetpostgresql.org/

General Bits, Archives and occasional new articles:
http://www.varlena.com/GeneralBits/

Postgres Weekly News is brought to you this week by David Fetter

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== Applied Patches ==

Tom Lane committed:

- In pgsql/src/backend/commands/vacuum.c, repair VACUUM FULL bug
  introduced by HOT patch: the original way of calculating a page's
  initial free space was fine, and should not have been "improved" by
  letting PageGetHeapFreeSpace do it.  VACUUM FULL is going to reclaim
  LP_DEAD line pointers later, so there is no need for a guard against
  the page being too full of line pointers, and having one risks
  rejecting pages that are perfectly good move destinations.  This
  also exposed a second bug, which is that the empty_end_pages logic
  assumed that any page with no live tuples would get entered into the
  fraged_pages list automatically (by virtue of having more free space
  than the threshold in the do_frag calculation).  This assumption
  certainly seems risky when a low fillfactor has been chosen, and
  even without tunable fillfactor I think it could conceivably fail on
  a page with many unused line pointers.  So fix the code to force
  do_frag true when notup is true, and patch this part of the fix all
  the way back.  Per report from Tomas Szepe.

- Fix SPI_cursor_open() and SPI_is_cursor_plan() to push the SPI stack
  before doing anything interesting, such as calling
  RevalidateCachedPlan().  The necessity of this is demonstrated by an
  example from Willem Buitendyk: during a replan, the planner might
  try to evaluate SPI-using functions, and so we'd better be in a
  clean SPI context.  A small downside of this fix is that these two
  functions will now fail outright if called when not inside a
  SPI-using procedure (ie, a SPI_connect/SPI_finish pair).  The
  documentation never promised or suggested that that would work,
  though; and they are normally used in concert with other functions,
  mainly SPI_prepare, that always have failed in such a case.  So the
  odds of breaking something seem pretty low.  In passing, make
  SPI_is_cursor_plan's error handling convention clearer, and fix
  documentation's erroneous claim that SPI_cursor_open would return
  NULL on error.  Before 8.3 these functions could not invoke
  replanning, so there is probably no need for back-patching.

- Stamp HEAD as 8.4devel.

- Sync our regex code with upstream changes since last time we did
  this, which was Tcl 8.4.8.  The main changes are to remove the
  never-fully-implemented code for multi-character collating elements,
  and to const-ify some stuff a bit more fully.  In combination with
  the recent security patch, this commit brings us into line with Tcl
  8.5.0.  Note that I didn't make any effort to duplicate a lot of
  cosmetic changes that they made to bring their copy into line with
  their own style guidelines, such as adding braces around single-line
  IF bodies.  Most of those we either had done already (such as
  ANSI-fication of function headers) or there is no point because
  pgindent would undo the change anyway.

- In pgsql/src/backend/parser/parse_clause.c, remove ancient
  restriction that LIMIT/OFFSET can't contain a sub-select.  This was
  probably protecting some implementation limitation when it was put
  in, but as far as I can tell the planner and executor have no such
  assumption anymore; the case seems to work fine.  Per a gripe from
  Grzegorz Jaskiewicz.

- Allow AS to be omitted when specifying an output column name in
  SELECT (or RETURNING), but only when the output name is not any SQL
  keyword.  This seems as close as we can get to the standard's syntax
  without a great deal of thrashing.  Original patch by Hiroshi Saito,
  amended by me.

- Update timezone code to track the upstream changes since 2003.  In
  particular this adds support for 64-bit tzdata files, which is
  needed to support DST calculations beyond 2038.  Add a regression
  test case to give some minimal confidence that that really works.
  Heikki Linnakangas

- Update docs to reflect the fact that we can now deal with DST rules
  outside the 32-bit-time_t range.  Also, refer to Olson's tz database
  as the 'zoneinfo' database, a name that upstream sometimes uses, not
  'zic database' which they never use.

- Replace time_t with pg_time_t (same values, but always int64) in
  on-disk data structures and backend internal APIs.  This solves
  problems we've seen recently with inconsistent layout of pg_control
  between machines that have 32-bit time_t and those that have already
  migrated to 64-bit time_t.  Also, we can get out from under the
  problem that Windows' Unix-API emulation is not consistent about the
  width of time_t.  There are a few remaining places where local
  time_t variables are used to hold the current or recent result of
  time(NULL).  I didn't bother changing these since they do not affect
  any cross-module APIs and surely all platforms will have 64-bit
  time_t before overflow becomes an actual risk.  time_t should be
  avoided for anything visible to extension modules, however.

- Add back #include <time.h> in a couple of files that seem to need it
  on Linux.

Magnus Hagander committed:

- In pgsql/src/timezone/pgtz.c, update timezone mapping for Windows
  with new timezones added in windows servicepacks.  Fix timezone
  mapping for "Mexico 2."

Bruce Momjian committed:

- In pgsql/src/tools/RELEASE_CHANGES, remove "update ecpg regression
  expected files for new library number."  No longer necessary.

- Bump minor library version numbers for 8.4.

- In pgsql/src/tools/RELEASE_CHANGES, update wording for minor library
  bumping.

- In pgsql/src/tools/RELEASE_CHANGES, add sub-bullet decoration.

- In pgsql/doc/src/sgml/backup.sgml, add section to Migration talking
  about typical areas that change between major releases.

- In pgsql/doc/src/sgml/datatype.sgml, correct XML markup typo.

- In pgsql/src/interfaces/libpq/fe-secure.c, rename a libpq NOT_USED
  SSL function to verify_peer_name_matches_certificate(), clarify some
  of the function's variables and logic, and update a comment.  This
  should make SSL improvements easier in the future.

- In pgsql/doc/src/sgml/config.sgml, add suggestion about how to set
  checkpoint_warning to log all checkpoints.

- In pgsql/doc/src/sgml/config.sgml, no need to use checkpoint_warning
  to log checkpoints --- we added log_checkpoints in 8.3.

- Mark TODO as done: 'Allow AS in "SELECT col AS label" to be optional
  in certain cases.'

Alvaro Herrera committed:

- In pgsql/src/tools/RELEASE_CHANGES, update minor version bumping
  policy.

Michael Meskes committed:

- In ecpg, added SQLSTATE macro closing bug #3961.

- In ecpg, EXECUTE can return NOT FOUND so it should be checked here,
  too.  Changed regression test accordingly.

- Changed the way symbols are defined in C in INFORMIX mode.  Added
  SQLSTATE macro closing bug #3961.  EXECUTE can return NOT FOUND so
  it should be checked here too.

- In pgsql/src/interfaces/ecpg/preproc/pgc.l, fixed conflicting
  commit.

- In pgsql/src/interfaces/ecpg/test/expected/thread-prep.c, updated
  expected result for regression test.

- Removed duplicate include of ecpgtype.h which meant I had to adapt
  all expected results.  Changed INFORMIX mode symbol definition yet
  again because the old way didn't work on NetBSD.  Hopefully this one
  does.

- Changed INFORMIX mode symbol definition yet again because the old
  way didn't work on NetBSD.

Peter Eisentraut committed:

- Upgrade to autoconf 2.61.  Change configure.in to use autoconf 2.61
  and update generated files.  Update build system and documentation
  to support now directory variables offered by autoconf 2.61.
  Replace usages of PGAC_CHECK_ALIGNOF by AC_CHECK_ALIGNOF, now
  available in autoconf 2.61.  Drop our patched version of
  AC_C_INLINE, as autoconf now has the change.

== Rejected Patches (for now) ==

No one was disappointed this week :-)

== Pending Patches ==

Heikki Linnakangas sent in two revisions of a patch to re-sync the
tzcode library with its upstream counterpart.

Gevik Babakhani sent in a patch intended to fix NLS support on 8.3
compiled with MSVC.

Brendan Jurd sent in a patch to psql's \du which shows non-default
role attributes one to a line in a single column.

Tom Lane sent in a patch which changes the TOAST strategies per
suggestions by Gregory Stark, Jan Wieck and others.


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