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Re: SIREAD lock versus ACCESS EXCLUSIVE lock

From: Simon Riggs <simon(at)2ndQuadrant(dot)com>
To: Kevin Grittner <Kevin(dot)Grittner(at)wicourts(dot)gov>
Cc: Dan Ports <drkp(at)csail(dot)mit(dot)edu>, pgsql-hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: SIREAD lock versus ACCESS EXCLUSIVE lock
Date: 2011-04-28 07:53:37
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On Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 8:59 PM, Kevin Grittner
<Kevin(dot)Grittner(at)wicourts(dot)gov> wrote:

> For correct serializable behavior in the face of concurrent DDL
> execution, I think that a request for a heavyweight ACCESS EXCLUSIVE
> lock might need to block until all SIREAD locks on the relation have
> been released.  Picture, for example, what might happen if one
> transaction acquires some predicate locks, then commits (releasing
> its heavyweight lock on the table), and before concurrent READ WRITE
> transactions complete there is a CLUSTER on the table. Or a DROP
> INDEX.  :-(

Sorry, I can't picture it. What will happen?

> Both require an ACCESS EXCLUSIVE lock.  Since an active transaction
> would already have an ACCESS SHARE lock when acquiring the SIREAD
> locks, this couldn't block in the other direction or with an active
> transaction.  That means that it couldn't cause any deadlocks if we
> added blocking to the acquisition of an ACCESS EXCLUSIVE based on
> this.
> If we don't do this I don't think that there is a more serious
> impact than inaccurate conflict detection for serializable
> transactions which are active when these operations are performed.
> Well, that and the possibility of seeing SIRead locks in the
> pg_locks view for indexes or tables which no longer exist.  So far I
> don't see any crash modes or effects on non-serializable
> transactions.  If this change is too destabilizing for this point in
> the release we could document it as a limitation and fix it in 9.2.

I don't think this should wait for 9.2

It either works, or it doesn't. Putting caveats in there will just
detract from people's belief in it.

 Simon Riggs         
 PostgreSQL Development, 24x7 Support, Training & Services

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