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Update Releases 7.2.5, 7.3.7, 7.4.5 Available, Recommended.

Posted on 2004-08-23

Over the past week, we have bundled and released new versions of 7.2, 7.3 and 7.4 to address a couple of potentially critical bugs that were recently identified.

For all three versions, these releases address the following:

* Prevent possible loss of committed transactions during crash.

Due to insufficient interlocking between transaction commit and checkpointing, it was possible for transactions committed just before the most recent checkpoint to be lost, in whole or in part, following a database crash and restart.

Specific to 7.4, the following has also been fixed:

* Repair possible crash during concurrent btree index insertions

This patch fixes a rare case in which concurrent insertions into a btree index could result in a server panic. No permanent damage would result, but it's still worth a re-release. The bug does not exist in pre-7.4 releases.

Due to the seriousness of the first bug, as relates to data integrity, it is strongly recommended that administrators upgrade their database servers at their earliest convience.

None of these releases require a dump-n-reload in order to address the problems.

It should be noted that, for those looking to upgrade from a 7.4.0/7.4.1 server to 7.4.5, that there a dump-n-reload is *recommended* (but not required) to address a fix introduced between 7.4.1 and 7.4.2. Please refer to the 7.4.5 HISTORY file for information on how this can be accomplished without a dump-n-reload, as there are steps that can be followed for this.

Please download from one of our mirror sites, or from Bittorrent.

As always, please report any bugs to pgsql-bugs@postgresql.org

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