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App very unresponsive while performing simple update

From: Brendan Duddridge <brendan(at)clickspace(dot)com>
To: PostgreSQL Performance <pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: App very unresponsive while performing simple update
Date: 2006-05-28 09:37:57
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Lists: pgsql-performance

Is Postgres supposed to be able to handle concurrent requests while  
doing large updates?

This morning I was executing the following simple update statement  
that would affect 220,000 rows in my product table:

update product set is_hungry = 'true'  where date_modified >  
current_date - 10;

But the application that accesses the product table for reading  
became very unresponsive while the update was happening.

Is it just a matter of slow I/O? The CPU usage seemed very low (less  
than 5%) and iostat showed  less than 1 MB / sec throughput.

I was doing the update in psql.

Are there any settings that I could tweak that would help with this  
sort of thing?


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