Release Notes

PostgreSQL 11.8

E.2. Release 11.8

Release date: 2020-05-14

This release contains a variety of fixes from 11.7. For information about new features in major release 11, see Section E.10.

E.2.1. Migration to Version 11.8

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

However, if you are upgrading from a version earlier than 11.6, see Section E.4.

E.2.2. Changes

  • Propagate ALTER TABLE ... SET STORAGE to indexes (Peter Eisentraut)

    Non-expression index columns have always copied the attstorage property of their table column at creation. Update them when ALTER TABLE ... SET STORAGE is done, to maintain consistency.

  • Preserve the indisclustered setting of indexes rewritten by ALTER TABLE (Amit Langote, Justin Pryzby)

    Previously, ALTER TABLE lost track of which index had been used for CLUSTER.

  • Preserve the replica identity properties of indexes rewritten by ALTER TABLE (Quan Zongliang, Peter Eisentraut)

  • Lock objects sooner during DROP OWNED BY (Álvaro Herrera)

    This avoids failures in race-condition cases where another session is deleting some of the same objects.

  • Fix error-case processing for CREATE ROLE ... IN ROLE (Andrew Gierth)

    Some error cases would be reported as unexpected node type or the like, instead of the intended message.

  • Ensure that when a partition is detached, any triggers cloned from its formerly-parent table are removed (Justin Pryzby)

  • Ensure that unique indexes over partitioned tables match the equality semantics of the partitioning key (Guancheng Luo)

    This would only be an issue with index opclasses that have unusual notions of equality, but it's wrong in theory, so check.

  • Ensure that members of the pg_read_all_stats role can read all statistics views, as expected (Magnus Hagander)

    The functions underlying the pg_stat_progress_* views had not gotten this memo.

  • Repair performance regression in information_schema.triggers view (Tom Lane)

    This patch redefines that view so that an outer WHERE clause constraining the table name can be pushed down into the view, allowing its calculations to be done only for triggers belonging to the table of interest rather than all triggers in the database. In a database with many triggers this would make a significant speed difference for queries of that form. Since things worked that way before v11, this is a potential performance regression. Users who find this to be a problem can fix it by replacing the view definition (or, perhaps, just deleting and reinstalling the whole information_schema schema).

  • Fix full text search to handle NOT above a phrase search correctly (Tom Lane)

    Queries such as !(foo<->bar) failed to find matching rows when implemented as a GiST or GIN index search.

  • Fix full text search for cases where a phrase search includes an item with both prefix matching and a weight restriction (Tom Lane)

  • Fix ts_headline() to make better headline selections when working with phrase queries (Tom Lane)

  • Fix bugs in gin_fuzzy_search_limit processing (Adé Heyward, Tom Lane)

    A small value of gin_fuzzy_search_limit could result in unexpected slowness due to unintentionally rescanning the same index page many times. Another code path failed to apply the intended filtering at all, possibly returning too many values.

  • Allow input of type circle to accept the format (x,y),r as the documentation says it does (David Zhang)

  • Make the get_bit() and set_bit() functions cope with bytea strings longer than 256MB (Movead Li)

    Since the bit number argument is only int4, it's impossible to use these functions to access bits beyond the first 256MB of a long bytea. We'll widen the argument to int8 in v13, but in the meantime, allow these functions to work on the initial substring of a long bytea.

  • Ignore file-not-found errors in pg_ls_waldir() and allied functions (Tom Lane)

    This prevents a race condition failure if a file is removed between when we see its directory entry and when we attempt to stat() it.

  • Avoid possibly leaking an open-file descriptor for a directory in pg_ls_dir(), pg_timezone_names(), pg_tablespace_databases(), and allied functions (Justin Pryzby)

  • Fix polymorphic-function type resolution to correctly infer the actual type of an anyarray output when given only an anyrange input (Tom Lane)

  • Avoid leakage of a hashed subplan's hash tables across multiple executions (Andreas Karlsson, Tom Lane)

    This mistake could result in severe memory bloat if a query re-executed a hashed subplan enough times.

  • Avoid unlikely crash when REINDEX is terminated by a session-shutdown signal (Tom Lane)

  • Fix low-probability crash after constraint violation errors in partitioned tables (Andres Freund)

  • Prevent printout of possibly-incorrect hash join table statistics in EXPLAIN (Konstantin Knizhnik, Tom Lane, Thomas Munro)

  • Fix reporting of elapsed time for heap truncation steps in VACUUM VERBOSE (Tatsuhito Kasahara)

  • Fix possible undercounting of deleted B-tree index pages in VACUUM VERBOSE output (Peter Geoghegan)

  • Fix wrong bookkeeping for oldest deleted page in a B-tree index (Peter Geoghegan)

    This could cause subtly wrong decisions about when VACUUM can skip an index cleanup scan; although it appears there may be no significant user-visible effects from that.

  • Ensure that TimelineHistoryRead and TimelineHistoryWrite wait states are reported in all code paths that read or write timeline history files (Masahiro Ikeda)

  • Avoid possibly showing waiting twice in a process's PS status (Masahiko Sawada)

  • Avoid failure if autovacuum tries to access a just-dropped temporary schema (Tom Lane)

    This hazard only arises if a superuser manually drops a temporary schema; which isn't normal practice, but should work.

  • Avoid premature recycling of WAL segments during crash recovery (Jehan-Guillaume de Rorthais)

    WAL segments that become ready to be archived during crash recovery were potentially recycled without being archived.

  • Avoid scanning irrelevant timelines during archive recovery (Kyotaro Horiguchi)

    This can eliminate many attempts to fetch non-existent WAL files from archive storage, which is helpful if archive access is slow.

  • Remove bogus subtransaction logged without previous top-level txn record error check in logical decoding (Arseny Sher, Amit Kapila)

    This condition is legitimately reachable in various scenarios, so remove the check.

  • Ensure that a replication slot's io_in_progress_lock is released in failure code paths (Pavan Deolasee)

    This could result in a walsender later becoming stuck waiting for the lock.

  • Fix race conditions in synchronous standby management (Tom Lane)

    During a change in the synchronous_standby_names setting, there was a window in which wrong decisions could be made about whether it is OK to release transactions that are waiting for synchronous commit. Another hazard for similarly wrong decisions existed if a walsender process exited and was immediately replaced by another.

  • Ensure nextXid can't go backwards on a standby server (Eka Palamadai)

    This race condition could allow incorrect hot standby feedback messages to be sent back to the primary server, potentially allowing VACUUM to run too soon on the primary.

  • Add missing SQLSTATE values to a few error reports (Sawada Masahiko)

  • Fix PL/pgSQL to reliably refuse to execute an event trigger function as a plain function (Tom Lane)

  • Fix memory leak in libpq when using sslmode=verify-full (Roman Peshkurov)

    Certificate verification during connection startup could leak some memory. This would become an issue if a client process opened many database connections during its lifetime.

  • Fix ecpg to treat an argument of just - as meaning read from stdin on all platforms (Tom Lane)

  • Allow tab-completion of the filename argument to psql's \gx command (Vik Fearing)

  • Add pg_dump support for ALTER ... DEPENDS ON EXTENSION (Álvaro Herrera)

    pg_dump previously ignored dependencies added this way, causing them to be forgotten during dump/restore or pg_upgrade.

  • Fix pg_dump to dump comments on RLS policy objects (Tom Lane)

  • In pg_dump, postpone restore of event triggers till the end (Fabrízio de Royes Mello, Hamid Akhtar, Tom Lane)

    This minimizes the risk that an event trigger could interfere with the restoration of other objects.

  • Make pg_verify_checksums skip tablespace subdirectories that belong to a different PostgreSQL major version (Michael Banck, Bernd Helmle)

    Such subdirectories don't really belong to our database cluster, and so must not be processed.

  • Ignore temporary copies of pg_internal.init in pg_verify_checksums and related programs (Michael Paquier)

  • Fix quoting of --encoding, --lc-ctype and --lc-collate values in createdb utility (Michael Paquier)

  • contrib/lo's lo_manage() function crashed if called directly rather than as a trigger (Tom Lane)

  • In contrib/ltree, protect against overflow of ltree and lquery length fields (Nikita Glukhov)

  • Work around failure in contrib/pageinspect's bt_metap() function when an oldest_xact value exceeds 2^31-1 (Peter Geoghegan)

    Such XIDs will now be reported as negative integers, which isn't great but it beats throwing an error. v13 will widen the output argument to int8 to provide saner reporting.

  • Fix cache reference leak in contrib/sepgsql (Michael Luo)

  • Avoid failures when dealing with Unix-style locale names on Windows (Juan José Santamaría Flecha)

  • Use pkg-config, if available, to locate libxml2 during configure (Hugh McMaster, Tom Lane, Peter Eisentraut)

    If pkg-config is not present or lacks knowledge of libxml2, we still query xml2-config as before.

    This change could break build processes that try to make PostgreSQL use a non-default version of libxml2 by putting that version's xml2-config into the PATH. Instead, set XML2_CONFIG to point to the non-default xml2-config. That method will work with either older or newer PostgreSQL releases.

  • In MSVC builds, cope with spaces in the path name for Python (Victor Wagner)

  • In MSVC builds, fix detection of Visual Studio version to work with more language settings (Andrew Dunstan)

  • In MSVC builds, use -Wno-deprecated with bison versions newer than 3.0, as non-Windows builds already do (Andrew Dunstan)

  • Update time zone data files to tzdata release 2020a for DST law changes in Morocco and the Canadian Yukon, plus historical corrections for Shanghai.

    The America/Godthab zone has been renamed to America/Nuuk to reflect current English usage; however, the old name remains available as a compatibility link.

    Also, update initdb's list of known Windows time zone names to include recent additions, improving the odds that it will correctly translate the system time zone setting on that platform.