On Wed, 4 Mar 1998, Bruce Momjian wrote:
> > 1. Is there a call made by the backend to each datatype when a row is
> > deleted? I can't see one.
> Well, you could have a RULE that deletes the large object at row
> deletion time.
As I haven't yet played with Rules & Triggers, and now we have 6.3 out of
the way, I'm going to start.
> However, if two rows point to the same large object, the first one
> deleting it would delete the large object for the other. The only
> solution to this is to have a separate large object table, and use
> reference counts so only the last user of the object deletes it.
Ah, in this case, there would be a single large object per column/row. If
the row is deleted, then so will the blob.
> > 2. When we update a row, we don't want the overhead of copying a very
> > large blob when a row is first copied, then the original deleted, etc.
> Again, a deletion-only rule, but if the update the row and change the
> large object, you would have to delete the old stuff.
> Seems very messy to me. Perhaps put all the large objects in a table,
> and have a process clean up all the unreferenced large objects.
I think that would be a last resort thing to use.
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