From: Heikki Linnakangas <hlinnaka(at)iki(dot)fi>
To: Andrey Borodin <x4mmm(at)yandex-team(dot)ru>
Cc: Michael Paquier <michael(at)paquier(dot)xyz>, Thomas Munro <thomas(dot)munro(at)enterprisedb(dot)com>, Robert Haas <robertmhaas(at)gmail(dot)com>, pgsql-hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>, Костя Кузнецов <chapaev28(at)ya(dot)ru>
Subject: Re: GiST VACUUM
Date: 2019-03-04 13:04:37
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On 04/01/2019 02:47, Andrey Borodin wrote:
>> 2 янв. 2019 г., в 20:35, Heikki Linnakangas <hlinnaka(at)iki(dot)fi> написал(а):
>> In patch #1, to do the vacuum scan in physical order:
>> ...
>> I think this is ready to be committed, except that I didn't do any testing. We discussed the need for testing earlier. Did you write some test scripts for this, or how have you been testing?
> Please see test I used to check left jumps for v18:
> 0001-Physical-GiST-scan-in-VACUUM-v18-with-test-modificat.patch
> 0002-Test-left-jumps-v18.patch
> To trigger FollowRight GiST sometimes forget to clear follow-right marker simulating crash of an insert. This fills logs with "fixing incomplete split" messages. Search for "REMOVE THIS" to disable these ill-behavior triggers.
> To trigger NSN jump GiST allocate empty page after every real allocation.
> In log output I see
> 2019-01-03 22:27:30.028 +05 [54596] WARNING: RESCAN TRIGGERED BY NSN
> 2019-01-03 22:27:30.104 +05 [54596] WARNING: RESCAN TRIGGERED BY FollowRight
> This means that code paths were really executed (for v18).

Thanks! As I noted at,
the test patch left the index corrupt. I fixed it so that it leaves
behind incompletely split pages, without the corruption, see attached.
It's similar to yours, but let me recap what it does:

* Hacks gistbuild(), create 100 empty pages immediately after the root
pages. They are leaked, so they won't be reused until the a VACUUM sees
them and puts them to the FSM

* Hacks gistinserttuples(), to leave the split incompleted with 50%

* In vacuum, print a line to the log whenever it needs to "jump left"

I used this patch, with the attached test script that's similar to
yours, but it also tries to verify that the index returns correct
results. It prints a result set like this:

(2 rows)

If the two numbers add up to 0, the index seems valid. And you should
see "RESCAN" lines in the log, to show that jumping left happened.
Because the behavior is random and racy, you may need to run the script
many times to see both "RESCAN TRIGGERED BY NSN" and "RESCAN TRIGGERED
BY FollowRight" cases. Especially the "FollowRight" case happens less
frequently than the NSN case, you might need to run the script > 10
times to see it.

I also tried your amcheck tool with this. It did not report any errors.

Attached is also latest version of the patch itself. It is the same as
your latest patch v19, except for some tiny comment kibitzing. I'll mark
this as Ready for Committer in the commitfest app, and will try to
commit it in the next couple of days.

- Heikki

Attachment Content-Type Size application/x-shellscript 1.7 KB
Test-left-jumps-2.patch text/x-patch 2.6 KB

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