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== PostgreSQL Weekly News - January 21 2007 ==

From: David Fetter <david(at)fetter(dot)org>
To: PostgreSQL Announce <pgsql-announce(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: == PostgreSQL Weekly News - January 21 2007 ==
Date: 2007-01-22 06:43:19
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== PostgreSQL Weekly News - January 21 2007 ==

After a misunderstanding about their practice of harvesting email
addresses from PostgreSQL mailing lists and sending advertising emails
to those addresses, EnterpriseDB was kind enough to change their
policy on this.

== PostgreSQL Product News ==

Apgdiff 1.0.0beta15 released.

Pgtclng 1.6.0 released.

postgresql-dbi-link 2.0beta1 is now in Fedora Core Extras 7, soon to
appear in Fedora Core Extras 6.

PostGIS is now in Fedora Core Extras.

phpPgAdmin 4.1 released.  RPMs for Fedora Core 5, 6 and 7 are

EnterpriseDB is now offering support packages for the main branch of

pgAdmin3 1.6.2 released.

== PostgreSQL Jobs for January ==

== PostgreSQL Local ==

Thanks to Gavin Sherry for running the PostgreSQL Miniconf at

PostgreSQLFr will have a booth at SolutionsLinux 2007, in Paris
(France) from 30th january to 1st February.  Jean-Paul Argudo,
treasurer of the PostgreSQLFr non-profit assocation, will lead a
session about FLOSS databases.  More information in French here:

Austria has a new PostgreSQL community site.

There will be a PostgreSQL booth at FOSDEM on February 24 and 25 in
Brussels, Belgium.  Many of the usual suspects from the EU PostgreSQL
communities will be there.  Contact de(at)postgresql(dot)org to participate.

The Italian PostgreSQL community will be holding a PostgreSQL day this
summer.  Bookmark the link below to participate.

== PostgreSQL in the News ==

Planet PostgreSQL:

General Bits, Archives and occasional new articles:

PostgreSQL Weekly News is brought to you this week by David Fetter

To get your submission into the upcoming issue, get it to
david(at)fetter(dot)org by Sunday at 3:00pm Pacific Time.

== Applied Patches ==

Peter Eisentraut committed:

- Remove some unused variables from the ecpg regression tests.

- In pgsql/src/interfaces/ecpg/test/Makefile.regress, put back libpq
  link, but make sure that libpq's in-tree directory is mentioned
  before the system directories.

- Update build time estimate.

- Remove remains of old depend target.

- The libpq library directory was mentioned here in the wrong place,
  which might lead to a previously installed libpq being used instead.
  But we don't actually have to link with libpq here at all, so remove

- Only build ecpg test code when the test is to be performed, in line
  with other test code.

- Fix xmlconcat regression test.

- Fix xmlconcat by properly merging the XML declarations.  Add
  aggregate function xmlagg.

- Add support for converting binary values (i.e. bytea) into xml
  values, with new GUC parameter "xmlbinary" that controls the output
  encoding, as per SQL/XML standard.

- Optionally use xml2-config to detect installation locations of

- Clean up encoding issues in the xml type: In text mode, encoding
  declarations are ignored and removed, in binary mode they are
  honored as specified by the XML standard.

Bruce Momjian committed:

- Update documenation instructions on how to delete template1.

- Add URL for bitmap index to TODO.

- Add URL for dead space map to TODO.

- Add documentation of memory and time units to postgresql.conf.
  Backpatch to 8.2.X for new initdbs.

- Update documentation about postgresqlconf to mention default units
  that match the postgresql.conf file.  Also add units to descriptions
  that lacked them.  Wording improvements.  Mention pg_settings.unit
  as the way to find the default units for setting.  Backpatch to

- Modify max_fsm_pages in postgresql.conf.sample to show a typical
  value, rather than a value too high.

- Document that to remove template1, datistemplate must be 'false'.
  Backpatch to 8.2.

- Move code that places LOG error level between ERROR and PANIC into
  new function is_log_level_output(), for code clarity.

- Added developer wiki URL to TODO.

- Added to TODO: "Allow multiple vacuums so large tables do not starve
  small tables," and "Improve control of auto-vacuum."

- Add to TODO URL for GUIDs/UUIDs (Globally/Universally Unique

- Mark TODO item "autovacuum on by default" as completed.

Tom Lane committed:

- Adjust pgbench so it won't spit up on non-select queries returning
  tuples, which is entirely possible with custom scripts (consider

- Add COST and ROWS options to CREATE/ALTER FUNCTION, plus underlying
  pg_proc columns procost and prorows, to allow simple user adjustment
  of the estimated cost of a function call, as well as control of the
  estimated number of rows returned by a set-returning function.  We
  might eventually wish to extend this to allow function-specific
  estimation routines, but there seems to be consensus that we should
  try a simple constant estimate first.  In particular this provides a
  relatively simple way to control the order in which different WHERE
  clauses are applied in a plan node, which is a Good Thing in view of
  the fact that the recent EquivalenceClass planner rewrite made that
  much less predictable than before.

- Refactor some lsyscache routines to eliminate duplicate code and
  save a couple of syscache lookups in make_pathkey_from_sortinfo().

- Simplify pg_am representation of ordering-capable access methods:
  provide just a boolean 'amcanorder', instead of fields that specify
  the sort operator strategy numbers.  We have decided to require
  ordering-capable AMs to use btree-compatible strategy numbers, so
  the old fields are overkill (and indeed misleading about what's

- In pgsql/src/backend/utils/error/elog.c, Don't use 'int' where you mean 'bool'.

- Fix broken markup in pgsql/doc/src/sgml/installation.sgml.

- Refactor planner's pathkeys data structure to create a separate,
  explicit representation of equivalence classes of variables.

- Add a note pointing out that is_pseudo_constant_clause() doesn't
  check for aggregates.  This is OK for current uses but could burn
  somebody someday...

- Extend yesterday's patch so that the bgwriter is also told to forget
  pending fsyncs during DROP DATABASE.  Obviously necessary in
  hindsight :-(

- Revise bgwriter fsync-request mechanism to improve robustness when a
  table is deleted.  A backend about to unlink a file now sends a
  "revoke fsync" request to the bgwriter to make it clean out pending
  fsync requests.  There is still a race condition where the bgwriter
  may try to fsync after the unlink has happened, but we can resolve
  that by rechecking the fsync request queue to see if a revoke
  request arrived meanwhile.  This eliminates the former kluge of
  "just assuming" that an ENOENT failure is okay, and lets us handle
  the fact that on Windows it might be EACCES too without introducing
  any questionable assumptions.  After an idea of mine improved by
  Magnus.  The HEAD patch doesn't apply cleanly to 8.2, but I'll see
  about a back-port later.  In the meantime this could do with some
  testing on Windows; I've been able to force it through the code path
  via ENOENT, but that doesn't prove that it actually fixes the
  Windows problem ...

- Fix incorrect permissions check in
  information_schema.key_column_usage view: it was checking a
  pg_constraint OID instead of pg_class OID, resulting in "relation
  with OID nnnnn does not exist" failures for anyone who wasn't owner
  of the table being examined.  Per bug #2848 from Laurence Rowe.
  Note: for existing 8.2 installations a simple version update won't
  fix this; the easiest fix is to CREATE OR REPLACE this view with the
  corrected definition.

Alvaro Herrera committed:

- Fix pg_regress breakage for PL and contrib tests, by not requiring
  "input" and "output" directories to be present.

- Magnus Hagander's patch, with some editorializing, which changes the
  sed rules in the regression test for pg_regress hackery to create
  the generated files, to help Visual C++ to run these tests.  The
  tests still pass in VPATH and normal builds.

- Enable autovacuum in the default configuration, per discussion.

- Arrange for autovacuum to be killed when another operation wants to
  be alone accessing it, like DROP DATABASE.  This allows the
  regression tests to pass with autovacuum enabled, which open the
  gates for finally enabling autovacuum by default.

Neil Conway committed:

- Update docs for recent change to setseed() return value.

- Make setseed() return void, rather than an int4 without any use. Per
  pgsql-patches discussion of September 20, 2006. Bump the catversion.

- List disabled triggers separately in psql's "\d <table>" output.
  Previously, disabled triggers were not displayed any differently
  than enabled ones, which was quite misleading. Patch from Brendan

- Refactor the index AM API slightly: move currentItemData and
  currentMarkData from IndexScanDesc to the opaque structs for the AMs
  that need this information (currently gist and hash).  Patch from
  Heikki Linnakangas, fixes by Neil Conway.

- Regression tests for large objects. Patch from Jeremy Drake.

- Teach psql's \lo slash commands to respect quiet mode, and to output
  HTML in HTML mode. Patch from Jeremy Drake.

- Add missing copyright blurb, make ruleutils.c use the standard
  layout for its header comment.

- Tweak the width_bucket() regression tests to avoid an unnecessary
  dependency on the platform's floating point implementation. Per
  report from Stefan Kaltenbrunner.

- vcbuild updates from Magnus Hagander: after Markos patch, now builds
  pgcrypto without zlib again, updates README with xml info, xml
  requires xslt and iconv, disable unnecessary warning about
  __cdecl(), Add a buildenv.bat called from all other bat files to set
  up things like PATH for flex/bison. (Can't just set it before
  calling, doesn't always work when building from the GUI).

- Implement width_bucket() for the float8 data type.

- Minor improvements to the TODO list. Add some URLs for some existing
  TODO items, and re-add a TODO item for an "estimated count"

- Correct a minor inaccuracy in the pg_dumpall reference page: -g
  dumps roles and tablespaces, no longer users and groups. Per Dave
  Page.  Backport to 8.2 and 8.1.

Teodor Sigaev committed:

- Fix localization support for multibyte encoding and C locale.
  Slightly reworked patch from Tatsuo Ishii

== Rejected Patches (for now) ==

No one was disappointed this week :-)

== Pending Patches ==

Greg Sabino Mullane sent in a patch which allows pg_dump to
pretty-print DDL for system objects.

Gurjeet Singh sent in new versions of his pg_post_planner_plugin and
pg_index_adviser patches, this time vs. CVS HEAD.

Magnus Hagander sent in a patch to the vcbuild script which builds
pgcrypto without zlib again, updates README with xml info, checks
xml's dependency on xslt and iconv, disables and unnecessary warning
about __cdecl() and adds buildenv.bat called from all other bat files
to set up things like PATH for flex/bison. (Can't just set it before
calling, doesn't always work when building from the GUI)

Dave Page sent in a patch which adds -f (--file=FILENAME) and -l
(--default-database=) to pg_dumpall.

ITAGAKI Takahiro sent in a patch which adds O_DIRECT support for

Arul Shaji sent in a patch which implements pg_get_domaindef(oid).

Gevik Babakhani re-sent his patch implementing the UUID data type.


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