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Re: Call for platform testing

From: Luis Amigo <lamigo(at)atc(dot)unican(dot)es>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: PostgreSQL Hackers Mailing List <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Call for platform testing
Date: 2001-11-28 19:01:30
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Tom Lane wrote:

> Luis Amigo <lamigo(at)atc(dot)unican(dot)es> writes:
> > again join and geometry(it also failed in postgres 7.1.3)
> The join discrepancy is probably an artifact of your local qsort()
> behaving slightly differently for equal keys than everyone else's.
> Curious that it only affects these few queries, though.
> Geometry differences in the low-order digits are par for the course.
> I wouldn't even stop to think about it, except that I see that you
> are already using a platform-specific geometry comparison file
> (geometry-irix.out).  Some digging in the CVS logs and mail archives
> shows that that file was submitted by Pete Forman in Oct 2000, and
> he was using
> >   Architecture (example: Intel Pentium)  : SGI MIPS 8000
> >
> >   Operating System (example: Linux 2.0.26 ELF) : IRIX 6.5.5m
> >
> >   PostgreSQL version (example: PostgreSQL-7.1):   PostgreSQL-7.1
> >
> >   Compiler used (example:  gcc 2.8.0): MIPSPro 7.3
> Not clear at this point if the differences in your results are due to
> hardware, library version, or compiler version differences.
>                         regards, tom lane

I've reviewed the results,  join differences seem to be conceptual
differences, expected result gives higher value to NULL that 0
(personally I think 0 is bigger than NULL).
Geometry differences are architectural round up differences (I think
that MIPS 10000  and 12000 may have corrected previous errors or might
be a different point-of-view about rounding)

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