On Fri, 29 Feb 2008, Sam Mason wrote:
> Just out of interest, why doesn't it do the following?
> create table xlog_switch as
> select '0123456789ABCDE' from generate_series(1,1000000);
I'm not 100% sure here what happens when you do the above, and it depends
on version, but there are cases where creating a new or empty table in a
transaction is optimized to not create any WAL as a performance
improvement. This has become a common idiom for that reason:
truncate table t;
copy t from '/fdsa/fds/afds.csv' with csv;
To take advantage of this loading without WAL feature.
I wish I had more details here, never have found a more formal definition
of how this works than suggestions on the list.
* Greg Smith gsmith(at)gregsmith(dot)com http://www.gregsmith.com Baltimore, MD
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