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E.8. Release 11.15

Release date: 2022-02-10

This release contains a variety of fixes from 11.14. For information about new features in major release 11, see Section E.23.

E.8.1. Migration to Version 11.15

A dump/restore is not required for those running 11.X.

However, if you are upgrading from a version earlier than 11.14, see Section E.9.

E.8.2. Changes

  • Fix index-only scan plans for cases where not all index columns can be returned (Tom Lane)

    If an index has both returnable and non-returnable columns, and one of the non-returnable columns is an expression using a table column that appears in a returnable index column, then a query using that expression could result in an index-only scan plan that attempts to read the non-returnable column, instead of recomputing the expression from the returnable column as intended. The non-returnable column would read as NULL, resulting in wrong query results.

  • Ensure that casting to an unspecified typmod generates a RelabelType node rather than a length-coercion function call (Tom Lane)

    While the coercion function should do the right thing (nothing), this translation is undesirably inefficient.

  • Fix WAL replay failure when database consistency is reached exactly at a WAL page boundary (Álvaro Herrera)

  • Fix startup of a physical replica to tolerate transaction ID wraparound (Abhijit Menon-Sen, Tomas Vondra)

    If a replica server is started while the set of active transactions on the primary crosses a wraparound boundary (so that there are some newer transactions with smaller XIDs than older ones), the replica would fail with out-of-order XID insertion in KnownAssignedXids. The replica would retry, but could never get past that error.

  • Remove lexical limitations for SQL commands issued on a logical replication connection (Tom Lane)

    The walsender process would fail for a SQL command containing an unquoted semicolon, or with dollar-quoted literals containing odd numbers of single or double quote marks, or when the SQL command starts with a comment. Moreover, faulty error recovery could lead to unexpected errors in later commands too.

  • Fix possible loss of the commit timestamp for the last subtransaction of a transaction (Alex Kingsborough, Kyotaro Horiguchi)

  • Be sure to fsync the pg_logical/mappings subdirectory during checkpoints (Nathan Bossart)

    On some filesystems this oversight could lead to losing logical rewrite status files after a system crash.

  • Build extended statistics for partitioned tables (Justin Pryzby)

    A previous bug fix disabled building of extended statistics for old-style inheritance trees, but it also prevented building them for partitioned tables, which was an unnecessary restriction. This change allows ANALYZE to compute values for statistics objects for partitioned tables. (But note that autovacuum does not process partitioned tables as such, so you must periodically issue manual ANALYZE on the partitioned table if you want to maintain such statistics.)

  • Ignore extended statistics for inheritance trees (Justin Pryzby)

    Currently, extended statistics values are only computed locally for each table, not for entire inheritance trees. However the values were mistakenly consulted when planning queries across inheritance trees, possibly resulting in worse-than-default estimates.

  • Disallow altering data type of a partitioned table's columns when the partitioned table's row type is used as a composite type elsewhere (Tom Lane)

    This restriction has long existed for regular tables, but through an oversight it was not checked for partitioned tables.

  • Disallow ALTER TABLE ... DROP NOT NULL for a column that is part of a replica identity index (Haiying Tang, Hou Zhijie)

    The same prohibition already existed for primary key indexes.

  • Correctly update cached table state during ALTER TABLE ADD PRIMARY KEY USING INDEX (Hou Zhijie)

    Concurrent sessions failed to update their opinion of whether the table has a primary key, possibly causing incorrect logical replication behavior.

  • Correctly update cached table state when switching REPLICA IDENTITY index (Tang Haiying, Hou Zhijie)

    Concurrent sessions failed to update their opinion of which index is the replica identity one, possibly causing incorrect logical replication behavior.

  • Avoid leaking memory during REASSIGN OWNED BY operations that reassign ownership of many objects (Justin Pryzby)

  • Fix display of whole-row variables appearing in INSERT ... VALUES rules (Tom Lane)

    A whole-row variable would be printed as var.*, but that allows it to be expanded to individual columns when the rule is reloaded, resulting in different semantics. Attach an explicit cast to prevent that, as we do elsewhere.

  • Fix or remove some incorrect assertions (Simon Riggs, Michael Paquier, Alexander Lakhin)

    These errors should affect only debug builds, not production.

  • Fix race condition that could lead to failure to localize error messages that are reported early in multi-threaded use of libpq or ecpglib (Tom Lane)

  • Avoid calling strerror from libpq's PQcancel function (Tom Lane)

    PQcancel is supposed to be safe to call from a signal handler, but strerror is not safe. The faulty usage only occurred in the unlikely event of failure to send the cancel message to the server, perhaps explaining the lack of reports.

  • Make psql's \password command default to setting the password for CURRENT_USER, not the connection's original user name (Tom Lane)

    This agrees with the documented behavior, and avoids probable permissions failure if SET ROLE or SET SESSION AUTHORIZATION has been done since the session began. To prevent confusion, the role name to be acted on is now included in the password prompt.

  • In psql and some other client programs, avoid trying to invoke gettext() from a control-C signal handler (Tom Lane)

    While no reported failures have been traced to this mistake, it seems highly unlikely to be a safe thing to do.

  • Allow canceling the initial password prompt in pg_receivewal and pg_recvlogical (Tom Lane, Nathan Bossart)

    Previously it was impossible to terminate these programs via control-C while they were prompting for a password.

  • Fix pg_dump's dump ordering for user-defined casts (Tom Lane)

    In rare cases, the output script might refer to a user-defined cast before it had been created.

  • Fix possible mis-reporting of errors in pg_dump and pg_basebackup (Tom Lane)

    The previous code failed to check for errors from some kernel calls, and could report the wrong errno values in other cases.

  • Fix results of index-only scans on contrib/btree_gist indexes on char(N) columns (Tom Lane)

    Index-only scans returned column values with trailing spaces removed, which is not the expected behavior. That happened because that's how the data was stored in the index. This fix changes the code to store char(N) values with the expected amount of space padding. The behavior of such an index will not change immediately unless you REINDEX it; otherwise space-stripped values will be gradually replaced over time during updates. Queries that do not use index-only scan plans will be unaffected in any case.

  • Change configure to use Python's sysconfig module, rather than the deprecated distutils module, to determine how to build PL/Python (Peter Eisentraut, Tom Lane, Andres Freund)

    With Python 3.10, this avoids configure-time warnings about distutils being deprecated and scheduled for removal in Python 3.12. Presumably, once 3.12 is out, configure --with-python would fail altogether. This future-proofing does come at a cost: sysconfig did not exist before Python 2.7, nor before 3.2 in the Python 3 branch, so it is no longer possible to build PL/Python against long-dead Python versions.

  • Fix PL/Perl compile failure on Windows with Perl 5.28 and later (Victor Wagner)

  • Fix PL/Python compile failure with Python 3.11 and later (Peter Eisentraut)

  • Add support for building with Visual Studio 2022 (Hans Buschmann)

  • Allow the .bat wrapper scripts in our MSVC build system to be called without first changing into their directory (Anton Voloshin, Andrew Dunstan)