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Re: Significantly larger toast tables on 8.4?

From: "Alex Hunsaker" <badalex(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: "Tom Lane" <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: "Robert Haas" <robertmhaas(at)gmail(dot)com>, "Stephen R(dot) van den Berg" <srb(at)cuci(dot)nl>, PostgreSQL-development <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Significantly larger toast tables on 8.4?
Date: 2009-01-02 19:50:34
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On Fri, Jan 2, 2009 at 11:44, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us> wrote:
> "Robert Haas" <robertmhaas(at)gmail(dot)com> writes:
>> I've seen gzip approach 10X on what was basically a large
>> tab-separated values file, but I agree that some more experimentation
>> to determine the real cause of the problem would be useful.
> If I'm counting on my fingers correctly, you'd need to assume about
> 23X compression to get the reported size change...
> An easy way to prove or disprove the point would be to go into
> src/backend/utils/adt/pg_lzcompress.c, and change the second entry
> in strategy_default_data from "1024 * 1024" to "INT_MAX", then
> re-load the table with the modified backend (or you could even
> just do "CREATE TABLE foo AS SELECT * FROM existing_table" and
> then compare sizes).  If that puts the toast table size back where
> it had been, then Alex correctly diagnosed the cause.

And the toast file size is *drum roll* 167M.

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