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== PostgreSQL Weekly News - January 5th 2004 ==

From: Robert Treat <xzilla(at)users(dot)sourceforge(dot)net>
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Subject: == PostgreSQL Weekly News - January 5th 2004 ==
Date: 2004-01-05 20:31:16
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== PostgreSQL Weekly News - January 5th 2004 ==

	If no news is good news, then I have a whole lot of good news for everyone. 
:-) As expected, this week was fairly tame in the grand scheme of things. In 
fact, probably the biggest item of the week involved an outage of the main 
PostgreSQL web servers. The nitty gritty details weren't too interesting 
(though you can read them here if you want:, but 
things should be back on track now so hopefully we will have smooth sailing 
for the rest of 2004. 

	One potentially exciting enhancement involved a rewrite of the OR indexscan 
processing to allow for two-column index use when the WHERE condition is 
similar to 'col1 = foo AND (col2 = bar OR col2 = baz)'.  Previously if the OR 
wasn't on the first column of the index, we wouldn't have noticed it. 
Operator parsing saw a reduction in palloc() overhead, which should help 
speed up the parser.  Not too much else to write home about, though we did 
have a few bug fixes including one fix in the executor that fixed a corner 
case with running out of memory during hash_creation for index scans and 
another fix put in for non-gcc based compiles on Solaris. 

	A few items did cross my radar screen for those interested in benchmarks and 
cross-database testing. The first was a report from the folks at the Open 
Source Development Labs that there is now a framework in place for automated 
testing of patches against the OSDL's PostgreSQL systems. Here's a link to 
the original announcement 
( and a 
link to an example already put to good use 
(  Second 
was a link to a TPC-H style benchmark project on sourceforge 
( available for multiple database 
back-ends, including PostgreSQL.  And finally was the announcement from Luis 
Neves that he has "ported" the Foodmart2000 sample database used in the 
Microsoft documentation and several other technical articles dealing with 
OLAP/SQL Server. More information and a URL for download is available at 

== PostgreSQL Product News ==

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== PostgreSQL In the News ==

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== Upcoming Events ==

Linux.Conf.Au: Adelaide, Australia: January 12-17
BOF and Tutorials presented by Gavin Sherry 

LinuxWorld: New York City, New York: January 21
Bruce Momjian will host a PostgreSQL BoF

NordU Usenix 2004: Denmark: January 28 - February 1
Bruce Momjian will be giving PostgreSQL several tutorials

Linux Solutions 2004: Paris, France: February 3-5
Bruce Momjian will be presenting

== PostgreSQL Weekly News - January 5th 2004 ==
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