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BUG #4401: concurrent updates to a table blocks one update indefinitely

From: "vinayak" <vinayak(at)adconion(dot)com>
To: pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: BUG #4401: concurrent updates to a table blocks one update indefinitely
Date: 2008-09-04 18:24:44
Message-ID: 200809041824.m84IOiuh080762@wwwmaster.postgresql.org (view raw or flat)
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The following bug has been logged online:

Bug reference:      4401
Logged by:          vinayak
Email address:      vinayak(at)adconion(dot)com
PostgreSQL version: 8.3.1
Operating system:   CentOS release 5
Description:        concurrent updates to a table blocks one update
indefinitely
Details: 

There are two tables
test_source(id int, name text)
test_destination(id int, name text)
which are filled with data. Using an update query the names from the
destination are updated with new values from the source. 

A single run of this update works as expected. Concurrent runs cause one to
succeed and the other to be blocked indefinitely. 

While the second update is blocked, postgres appears to be consuming
considerable cpu resources. 

The following script demonstrates the problem encountered.
Test script:
psql -q -U postgres -c "create table test_destination(id int, name text)";
psql -q -U postgres -c "create table test_source(id int, name text)";
numEntries=10000;
psql -U postgres -c "insert into test_source(id, name) select
generate_series(1,$numEntries), 'new entry #
'||generate_series(1,$numEntries)";
psql -U postgres -c "insert into test_destination(id, name) select
generate_series(1,$numEntries), 'old entry #
'||generate_series(1,$numEntries)";
echo "Test initialization done"

pids=""
psql -U postgres -c "update test_destination d set name=s.name from
test_source s where d.id=s.id" &
pids="$pids $!"
psql -U postgres -c "update test_destination d set name=s.name from
test_source s where d.id=s.id" &
pids="$pids $!"
wait $pids
echo "Updates completed"

psql -q -U postgres -c "drop table test_source";
psql -q -U postgres -c "drop table test_destination";

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