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== PostgreSQL Weekly News - February 9th 2004 ==

From: Robert Treat <xzilla(at)users(dot)sourceforge(dot)net>
To: pgsql-announce(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: == PostgreSQL Weekly News - February 9th 2004 ==
Date: 2004-02-10 01:04:58
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== PostgreSQL Weekly News - February 9th 2004 ==
        There weren't too many changes in the code this week, but that didn't 
stop it from being busy. There are a number of updates for proposed features 
for 7.5, but first let's take a look through the list of changes committed to 
code this past week. Some hardwiring in information_schema was replaced with 
a function to generate numerical series with variable step sizes. The GUC 
options sort_mem and vacuum_mem were renamed to work_mem and 
maintenance_work_mem to better reflect their uses in the backend, and 
coinciding with the change btree index creation and initial foreign-key 
validation were modified to use maintenance_work_mem. Finally, some code for 
a cost-based vacuum delay feature was implemented.

        We also saw quite a bit of cleanup pertaining to win32 signal handling 
including the removal of duplicate signal definitions from pqsignal.h, 
replacing pqkill() with kill() and redefinng kill() in Win32, using ereport() 
in place of fprintf() in some error handling in pqsignal.c, exporting 
pg_queue_signal() and making use of it where necessary, adding a console 
control handler for Ctrl-C and similar handling on Win32, and implementing a 
WaitForSingleObjectEx() in CHECK_FOR_INTERRUPTS() on Win32, which should give 
us a working implementation for query cancelling Win32.
        Discussions on Point-In-Time-Recovery heated up again, with the result 
being some additional infrastructure put in place for this subproject. If you 
are interested in helping out with development, a pgsql-hackers-pitr mailing 
list has been created, and Bruce Momjian has created a project status page 
available at  
We also saw some progress on two-phase commit with the posting of a patch 
adding basic support to PostgreSQL by Heikki Linnakangas. Full details are 
available in the archives at, folks are 
encouraged to test out the patch and provide feedback.
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== PostgreSQL Weekly News - February 9th 2004 ==
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