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Re: Dynamic Partitioning using Segment Visibility Maps

From: Simon Riggs <simon(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>
To: Andrew Sullivan <ajs(at)crankycanuck(dot)ca>
Cc: pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Dynamic Partitioning using Segment Visibility Maps
Date: 2008-01-04 19:38:24
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On Fri, 2008-01-04 at 13:06 -0500, Andrew Sullivan wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 04, 2008 at 01:29:55PM +0100, Markus Schiltknecht wrote:
> > 
> > Agreed. Just a minor note: I find "marked read-only" too strong, as it 
> > implies an impossibility to write. I propose speaking about mostly-read 
> > segments, or optimized for reading or similar.
> I do want some segments to be _marked_ read-only: I want attempted writes to
> them to _fail_.

I think Markus thought that we would mark them read only automatically,
which was not my intention. I believe its possible to have this in a way
that will make you both happy. Some more explanation:

There would be three different states for a segment:
1. read write
2. "optimized for reading", as Markus says it
3. marked read only by explicit command

Transition 1 -> 2 is by autovacuum under the SVM proposal, transition 2
-> 3 is by user command only. So throwing an ERROR is acceptable for
segments in state 3.

I came up with a complex scheme for going from 1 -> 3 previously, but I
don't think its needed any longer (for this, at least). It's trivial to
go from 2 -> 3 using an ALTER TABLE statement, along the lines of ALTER
TABLE .... WHERE .... 

Files that are completely in state 3 can then be archived by a
hierarchical storage manager without problem.

  Simon Riggs

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