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Re: Page Checksums + Double Writes

From: Simon Riggs <simon(at)2ndQuadrant(dot)com>
To: Heikki Linnakangas <heikki(dot)linnakangas(at)enterprisedb(dot)com>
Cc: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>, Kevin Grittner <Kevin(dot)Grittner(at)wicourts(dot)gov>, Alvaro Herrera <alvherre(at)commandprompt(dot)com>, David Fetter <david(at)fetter(dot)org>, Pg Hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Page Checksums + Double Writes
Date: 2011-12-22 08:53:28
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On Thu, Dec 22, 2011 at 7:44 AM, Heikki Linnakangas
<heikki(dot)linnakangas(at)enterprisedb(dot)com> wrote:
> On 22.12.2011 01:43, Tom Lane wrote:
>> A "utility to bump the page version" is equally a whole lot easier said
>> than done, given that the new version has more overhead space and thus
>> less payload space than the old.  What does it do when the old page is
>> too full to be converted?  "Move some data somewhere else" might be
>> workable for heap pages, but I'm less sanguine about rearranging indexes
>> like that.  At the very least it would imply that the utility has full
>> knowledge about every index type in the system.
> Remembering back the old discussions, my favorite scheme was to have an
> online pre-upgrade utility that runs on the old cluster, moving things
> around so that there is enough spare room on every page. It would do normal
> heap updates to make room on heap pages (possibly causing transient
> serialization failures, like all updates do), and split index pages to make
> room on them. Yes, it would need to know about all index types. And it would
> set a global variable to indicate that X bytes must be kept free on all
> future updates, too.
> Once the pre-upgrade utility has scanned through the whole cluster, you can
> run pg_upgrade. After the upgrade, old page versions are converted to new
> format as pages are read in. The conversion is staightforward, as there the
> pre-upgrade utility ensured that there is enough spare room on every page.

That certainly works, but we're still faced with pg_upgrade rewriting
every page, which will take a significant amount of time and with no
backout plan or rollback facility. I don't like that at all, hence why
I think we need an online upgrade facility if we do have to alter page

 Simon Riggs         
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