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== PostgreSQL Weekly News - June 06 2010 ==

From: David Fetter <david(at)fetter(dot)org>
To: PostgreSQL Announce <pgsql-announce(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: == PostgreSQL Weekly News - June 06 2010 ==
Date: 2010-06-07 04:12:54
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== PostgreSQL Weekly News - June 06 2010 ==

On June 11, 2010, Gabriele Bartolini of 2ndQuadrant Italia will speak
at the Italian conference for Free Software in Cagliari, Sardinia
about "High Availability of business databases with PostgreSQL"
http://www.confsl.org/

On June 12, 2010, the Italian PostgreSQL Users Group (ITPUG) will
promote PostgreSQL at the Italian conference for Free Software in
Cagliari, Sardinia with a day-long session of workshops about
PostgreSQL from Introduction to High Availability.
http://www.confsl.org/

== PostgreSQL Product News ==

ChronicDB v2.2.2, a schema deployment tool, released.
http://chronicdb.com

== PostgreSQL Jobs for June ==

http://archives.postgresql.org/pgsql-jobs/2010-06/threads.php

== PostgreSQL Local ==

SouthEast LinuxFest 2010 will take place in Spartanburg, SC USA on
June 11-13.  PostgreSQL gurus Joshua Drake and Andrew Dunstan will be
giving some must-see PostgreSQL-related presentations.
http://southeastlinuxfest.org/

Michael Renner will be speaking at Netways OSDC in Nuremberg, Germany,
which will be June 23-24, 2010.
http://www.netways.de/osdc/y2010/programm/

CHAR(10), the PostgreSQL Conference on Clustering, High Availability
and Replication is now open for online registration and bookings.
July 2-3 2010, Oriel College, Oxford University, UK
http://www.char10.org/

PDXPUG Day will be July 18, 2010 at the Oregon Convention Center in
Portland, OR.  For more information, see:
http://wiki.postgresql.org/wiki/PDXPUGDay2010

OSCON will take place in Portland, Oregon July 19-23, 2010.
http://www.oscon.com/oscon2010


== PostgreSQL in the News ==

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== Applied Patches ==

Heikki Linnakangas committed:

- In pgsql/src/backend/replication/walsender.c, send all outstanding
  WAL before exiting when smart shutdown is requested.  This was
  broken by my previous patch to send WAL in smaller batches.  Patch
  by Fujii Masao.

- In pgsql/src/backend/access/transam/xlog.c, fix obsolete comments
  that I neglected to update in a previous patch.  Fujii Masao.

Bruce Momjian committed:

- In pgsql/doc/src/sgml/config.sgml, reword fsync and full_page_writes
  docs to be clearer about when to turn them off.  Josh Berkus, with
  slight wording changes by me.

- In pgsql/src/pl/plpgsql/src/pl_exec.c, add error hint that PL/pgSQL
  "EXECUTE of SELECT ... INTO" can be performed by "EXECUTE ... INTO".
  Jaime Casanova.

- In pgsql/doc/src/sgml/docguide.sgml, document how to find TeX
  overflow boxes in our documentation build, per details from Alvaro
  Herrera.

- In pgsql/doc/src/sgml/docguide.sgml, update TeX overflow
  documentation page pattern mask, in docs.

- In pgsql/doc/src/sgml/docguide.sgml, overflow box is on page after
  listed page number, per Alvaro.

- In pgsql/src/backend/commands/indexcmds.c, show schema name for
  REINDEX.  Greg Sabino Mullane.

- In pgsql/doc/src/sgml/extend.sgml, add documentation section "Using
  C++ for Extensibility".  Craig Ringer

- In pgsql/doc/src/sgml/extend.sgml, fix SGML markup for tag title.

- In pgsql/doc/src/sgml/extend.sgml, mention palloc/pfree for C++
  memory allocation in docs.

- Comment out C++ docs for later user.  Tone down C++ compatibility in
  9.0 release notes.

- In pgsql/doc/src/sgml/release-9.0.sgml, update C++ release note item
  wording.

- In pgsql/doc/src/sgml/func.sgml, document that && geometric operator
  is true even if only a point overlaps.  David Fetter.

- In pgsql/doc/src/sgml/func.sgml, clarify array generate_subscripts()
  documentation example.  Tim Landscheidt.

- In pgsql/doc/src/sgml/citext.sgml, document that citext operators
  must be in the current search path.

- In pgsql/doc/src/sgml/extend.sgml, document use of C++ for extension
  use.

- In pgsql/doc/src/sgml/func.sgml, document regexp_matches() better
  and show example of single-row usage.

- In pgsql/doc/src/sgml/extend.sgml, markup fix.

- In pgsql/doc/src/sgml/release-9.0.sgml, update 9.0 release notes to
  current.

- In pgsql/doc/src/sgml/release-9.0.sgml, fix CREATE TRIGGER release
  mention, WHERE -> WHEN.

Alvaro Herrera committed:

- In pgsql/doc/src/sgml/ref/reassign_owned.sgml, add note about
  database ownership to REASSIGN OWNED command documentation, per Josh
  Berkus.  Add ALTER DATABASE to the "see also" section, too.

- In pgsql/src/include/catalog/pg_control.h, add comments about
  definitions that may affect PG_CONTROL_VERSION, per recent
  unintended-initdb-forcing fiasco

Andrew Dunstan committed:

- In pgsql/src/tools/msvc/vcregress.pl, run recently backported
  plperlu_plperl regression tests when building with MSVC on releases
  8.4 and 8.3.  Regression tests weren't supported before that.

- In pgsql/src/tools/msvc/vcregress.pl, fix regression test name for
  plperlu_plperl in msvc.

Robert Haas committed:

- On clean shutdown during recovery, don't warn about possible
  corruption.  Fujii Masao.  Review by Heikki Linnakangas and myself.

ITAGAKI Takahiro committed:

- In pgsql/contrib/dblink/dblink.c, fix dblink to treat connection
  names longer than NAMEDATALEN-2 (62 bytes).  Now long names are
  adjusted with truncate_identifier() and NOTICE messages are raised
  if names are actually truncated.  Backported to release 8.0.

- Replace "slave" to "standby" in documentation for consistent
  terminology.  Almost all of the terms in docs and messages were
  replaced, but still remains in a few comments and README files in
  codes.

- Ensure default-only storage parameters for TOAST relations to be
  initialized with proper values. Affected parameters are fillfactor,
  analyze_threshold, and analyze_scale_factor.  Especially
  uninitialized fillfactor caused inefficient page usage because we
  built a StdRdOptions struct in which fillfactor is zero if any
  reloption is set for the toast table.  In addition, we disallow
  toast.autovacuum_analyze_threshold and
  toast.autovacuum_analyze_scale_factor because we didn't actually
  support them; they are always ignored.  Report by Rumko on
  pgsql-bugs on 12 May 2010.  Analysis by Tom Lane and Alvaro Herrera.
  Patch by me.  Backpatch to 8.4.

Tom Lane committed:

- In pgsql/src/include/catalog/pg_control.h, bump PG_CONTROL_VERSION
  to account for the incompatible change committed earlier.

- In pgsql/doc/src/sgml/release-9.0.sgml, remove link that breaks
  HISTORY file generation.

- Add current WAL end (as seen by walsender, ie, GetWriteRecPtr()
  result) and current server clock time to Streaming Replication data
  messages.  These are not currently used on the slave side but seem
  likely to be useful in future, and it'd be better not to change the
  Streaming Replication protocol after release.  Per discussion.  Also
  do some minor code review and cleanup on walsender.c, and improve
  the protocol documentation.

- In pgsql/src/backend/replication/walsender.c, adjust misleading
  comment in walsender.c.  We try to send all WAL data that's been
  written out from shared memory, but the previous phrasing might be
  read to say that we send only what's been fsync'd.

- In pgsql/doc/src/sgml/func.sgml, improve our explanation of the
  OVERLAPS operator.  Per gripe from Frank van Vugt.

Peter Eisentraut committed:

- Fix some inconsistent quoting of wal_level values in messages.

- Translation updates for 9.0beta2.

When referring to postgresql.conf syntax, then it's without quotes
(wal_level=archive); in narrative it's with double quotes.  But never
single quotes.

- In pgsql/src/backend/libpq/hba.c, fix reference to nonexistent
  configure option --enable-ssl -> --with-openssl

Marc Fournier committed:

- Tag 9.0beta2.

Michael Meskes committed:

- Added variable handling for RETURNING clause to ecpg.  While the
  values were correctly returned they were not moved into C variables
  as they should be.  Closes: Bug #5489.

== Rejected Patches (for now) ==

Bruce Momjian's patches to allow setting wal_keep_segments to -1,
which would mean, "never get rid of any."  This was agreed not to be a
good idea.

Pavel Stehule's patch to add new custom GUCs for date and time
formats.  Too many GUCs.

== Pending Patches ==

Fujii Masao sent in three patches to fix streaming replication.

Jan Urbanski and Tom Lane traded patches to fix tsvector stats.

Peter Eisentraut sent in a patch to allow a client to authenticate a
server over unix-domain sockets.

Tom Lane sent in a WIP patch to fix some some misbehavior on
INSERT-only tables.

Andy Balholm sent in a WIP patch to allow dividing money by money.

Daniele Varrazzo sent in a patch to implement a regexp_match()
function which returns an array rather than a SETOF matches as
regexp_matches() does.

KaiGai Kohei sent two different patches intended to close some
information leaks in VIEWs.

Dean Rasheed sent in a patch to fix the docs for ALTER TABLE ...
DISABLE/ENABLE TRIGGER.  They are out of date.



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