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data loss after vacuum

From: Allan Tong <actong(at)www(dot)quateams(dot)com>
To: pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: data loss after vacuum
Date: 2004-01-10 18:58:17
Message-ID: 200401101858.i0AIwHZ5023148@www.Quateams.COM (view raw, whole thread or download thread mbox)
Lists: pgsql-bugs
I'm not sure if this is the right list to send this, but any help
would be appreciated.  We recently encountered a problem running
postgres where, after a vacuum, all the data in one of our tables
was gone.  Now, I guess technically we don't know for sure if it
was indeed vacuum that caused the data loss, but it seems likely.
Data inserted minutes before the vacuum is gone, while data
inserted minutes after is still in the table.  This is the relevant
part of the vacuum command's output:

NOTICE:  --Relation cartitems--
NOTICE:  Pages 10101: Changed 3, reaped 20, Empty 0, New 0; Tup 690632: Vac 27, Keep/VTL 0/0, UnUsed 18, MinLen 96, MaxLen 134; Re-using: Fr
ee/Avail. Space 708848/327904; EndEmpty/Avail. Pages 0/1602.
        CPU 1.24s/0.45u sec elapsed 2.88 sec.
NOTICE:  Index _cartitems_index: Pages 3241; Tuples 690632: Deleted 27.
        CPU 0.38s/0.77u sec elapsed 1.64 sec.
NOTICE:  Index cartitems_orderstatus_index: Pages 2057; Tuples 690632: Deleted 27.
        CPU 0.19s/0.88u sec elapsed 1.71 sec.
NOTICE:  Rel cartitems: Pages: 10101 --> 10081; Tuple(s) moved: 663.
        CPU 0.05s/0.13u sec elapsed 1.06 sec.
NOTICE:  Index _cartitems_index: Pages 3241; Tuples 690632: Deleted 663.
        CPU 0.30s/0.67u sec elapsed 2.32 sec.
NOTICE:  Index cartitems_orderstatus_index: Pages 2060; Tuples 690632: Deleted 663.
        CPU 0.17s/0.64u sec elapsed 1.08 sec.
NOTICE:  Analyzing cartitems

All the data in table "cartitems" from before the vacuum run is
gone.  Data inserted after the vacuum run looks fine.  The table's
data file size was still around 80MB, so I thought maybe this might
be a transaction wraparound problem (even though we run vacuum every
night), but when I looked at the file contents, it was almost
completely null'ed, so it looks like the data is really gone (though
shouldn't a full vacuum reclaim the space?).

Does anyone have an idea what the problem might be?  We do have
backups of the data, but it would still be nice to know what caused

 - Allan


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