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Re: Dynamic Partitioning using Segment Visibility Maps

From: Simon Riggs <simon(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>
To: Markus Schiltknecht <markus(at)bluegap(dot)ch>
Cc: Andrew Sullivan <ajs(at)crankycanuck(dot)ca>, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Dynamic Partitioning using Segment Visibility Maps
Date: 2008-01-04 22:01:31
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On Fri, 2008-01-04 at 22:26 +0100, Markus Schiltknecht wrote:

> I'm still puzzled about how a DBA is expected to figure out which 
> segments to mark. Simon, are you assuming we are going to pass on 
> segment numbers to the DBA one day?

No Way!

That would stop Richard's idea to make the segment stride configurable,
apart from being a generally ugly thing.

> If not, a more user friendly command like "MARK READ ONLY WHERE date <= 
> 2006" would have to move tuples around between segments, so as to be 
> able to satisfy the split point exactly, right?

Yes, just a simple WHERE clause that we can translate into segments
under the covers. It would be an alter table, so we get an exclusive


possibly with a few restrictions on the WHERE clause. Anyway this is
just futures and dreams, so far, so lets just say something like that is
possible in the future and work out more when we pass the first few

  Simon Riggs

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