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Re: Foreign key order evaluation

From: Randy Yates <yates(at)ieee(dot)org>
To: pgsql-general(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Foreign key order evaluation
Date: 2004-09-28 13:30:08
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Randy Yates <yates(at)ieee(dot)org> writes:

> Mike,
> I'm confused. Where is the lock? Is it on the 1 record in the model table?
> If so, why is that record locked? Is it possible in Postgresql to update
> the primary key of a record? 

Let me also ask why this is a problem. It may be a lock situation but
it isn't a DEADlock situation. I.e., the second transaction will just
have to wait until the first completes, and the first should complete
in milliseconds on a reasonable computer. Right?

Or am I completely missing the boat?


> --RY
> mike(at)fuhr(dot)org (Michael Fuhr) writes:
>> On Mon, Sep 27, 2004 at 03:19:47PM -0400, Shawn Chisholm wrote:
>>> Hi, I am trying to deal with a deadlock situation caused by foreign
>>> key references on insert and I was wondering if anyone knows what
>>> order the foreign keys are locked (or evaluated) in for a particular
>>> table?  Deferring the locks is unfortunately not a good option for me...
>> What do you mean by "what order the foreign keys are locked"?  Can
>> you give us an example of what you're doing and what problem you're
>> trying to solve?  As I mentioned in reply to your earlier message,
>> foreign key locking and the potential for deadlock were recently
>> brought up in pgsql-general:
>> My followup to that thread (the second link above) mentions somebody
>> else's suggestion for a shared lock on the foreign key, but as far
>> as I can tell, no such solution has been implemented as of 8.0.0beta3.
>> -- 
>> Michael Fuhr
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