Re: issue with track_commit_timestamp and server restart

From: Craig Ringer <craig(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>
To: Julien Rouhaud <julien(dot)rouhaud(at)dalibo(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>, Álvaro Herrera <alvherre(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>
Subject: Re: issue with track_commit_timestamp and server restart
Date: 2016-10-24 04:58:20
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On 22 October 2016 at 19:51, Julien Rouhaud <julien(dot)rouhaud(at)dalibo(dot)com> wrote:
> I just noticed that if track_commit_timestamp is enabled, the
> oldestCommitTsXid and newestCommitTsXid don't persist after a server
> restart, so you can't ask for the commit ts of a transaction that
> committed before the last server start, although the information is
> still available (unless of course if a freeze occured). AFAICT it
> always behave this way.

I initially could'n't see this when tested on 8f1fb7d with a
src/test/recovery/t test script. But it turns out it's OK on immediate
shutdown and crash recovery, but not on clean shutdown and restart.

The attached patch adds a TAP test to src/test/recovery to show this.
If you run the TAP test before recompiling with the fix it'll fail.
"make" to apply the fix, then re-run and it'll succeed. Or just
temporarily roll back the fix with:

git checkout HEAD^1 -- src/backend/access/transam/commit_ts.c
git reset src/backend/access/transam/commit_ts.c

and rebuild to see it fail.

To save time running the recovery suite, just

rm src/test/recovery/00[0-8]*.pl

(It'd be nice to have a prove_check target to run just one test file).

This would explain a few issues I've seen reported with BDR from the
community which I've so far been unable to reproduce, so thanks very
much for the report.

Álvaro, would you mind checking this and committing to HEAD and 9.6?
The commits.c change only should also be committed to 9.5, but not the
TAP test.

Craig Ringer
PostgreSQL Development, 24x7 Support, Training & Services

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