On 02.08.2011 16:34, Bruce Momjian wrote:
> Our docs suggest an optimization to reduce WAL logging when you are
> creating and populating a table:
> In minimal level, WAL-logging of some bulk operations, like CREATE
> INDEX, CLUSTER and COPY on a table that was created or truncated in the
> same transaction can be safely skipped, which can make those operations
> much faster (see Section 14.4.7). But minimal WAL does not contain
> enough information to reconstruct the data from a base backup and the
> WAL logs, so either archive or hot_standby level must be used to enable
> WAL archiving (archive_mode) and streaming replication.
> I am confused why we issue significant WAL traffic for CREATE INDEX?
> Isn't the index either created or removed if the transaction fails?
> What crash recovery activity state do we need WAL logging for? I
> realize we have to do WAL logging for streaming replication, but CREATE
> TABLE isn't going to affect that. I also realize the index has to be
> on disk on commit, but the same is true for doing the CREATE TABLE in
> the same transaction block.
I'm confused about what you're confused about. Crash recovery doesn't
need the WAL for CREATE INDEX, but WAL archiving does.
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