== PostgreSQL Weekly News – November 20 2011 ==
== PostgreSQL Weekly News – November 20 2011 ==
FOSDEM 2012 – PostgreSQL Devroom: Call for Speakers is open until
December 20, 2011.
== PostgreSQL Product News ==
plpgsql_lint beta released.
== PostgreSQL Jobs for November ==
== PostgreSQL Local ==
The fifth edition of the Italian PostgreSQL Day (PGDay.IT 2011) will
be held on November 25, 2011 in Prato, Italy.
The Call for Papers is open for PostgreSQL Session #3, which will be
held in Paris, Feb 2nd, 2012. The deadline for proposals is the 30th
November 2011 and selected speakers will be notified by the 14th
December 2011. Proposals (in French or English) should be submitted
to call-for-paper AT postgresql-sessions DOT org.
More information at: http://www.postgresql-sessions.org/en/3/
The fifth annual “Prague PostgreSQL Developers Day” conference,
organized by CSPUG (Czech and Slovak PostgreSQL Users Group), will be
held on February 9, 2012 in Prague. The Call for Papers is open.
Please send proposals including contact information, topic, and
expected length of session to info AT p2d2 DOT cz.
The Call for Papers for is open for FLOSS UK, which will be held in
Edinburgh from the 20th to the 22nd March 2012. The deadline for
proposals is the 18th November 2011 and selected speakers will be
notified by the 25th November 2011. Proposals should be submitted to
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== Reviews ==
== Applied Patches ==
Bruce Momjian pushed:
– Run pgindent on range type files, per request from Tom Lane.
– Rerun pgindent with updated typedef list.
– Remove pg_upgrade function no longer called
– Fix pg_upgrade’s pg_scandir_internal() to properly handle a NULL
pattern, which is used on PG 9.1 and HEAD (but not pre-9.1). Fixes
crash on Windows. Backpatched to 9.1. Reported by Mark Dilger
– Fix pg_upgrade’s pg_scandir_internal() the right way. Backpatch to
– Remove scandir() requirement in pg_upgrade; instead just use
readdir() — we were not using the scandir pattern filtering
anyway. This also removes the scandir requirement in configure.
Tom Lane pushed:
– Fix copyright notices, other minor editing in new range-types code.
No functional changes in this commit (except I could not resist the
temptation to re-word a couple of error messages). This is just
manual cleanup after pgindent to make the code look reasonably like
other PG code, in preparation for more detailed code review to come.
– Return FALSE instead of throwing error for comparisons with empty
ranges. Change range_before, range_after, range_adjacent to return
false rather than throwing an error when one or both input ranges
are empty. The original definition is unnecessarily difficult to
use, and also can result in undesirable planner failures since the
planner could try to compare an empty range to something else while
deriving statistical estimates. (This was, in fact, the cause of
repeatable regression test failures on buildfarm member jaguar, as
well as intermittent failures elsewhere.) Also tweak rangetypes
regression test to not drop all the objects it creates, so that the
final state of the regression database contains some rangetype
objects for pg_dump testing.
– Return NULL instead of throwing error when desired bound is not
available. Change range_lower and range_upper to return NULL rather
than throwing an error when the input range is empty or the relevant
bound is infinite. Per discussion, throwing an error seems likely
to be unduly hard to work with. Also, this is more consistent with
the behavior of the constructors, which treat NULL as meaning an
– Update oidjoins regression test to match git HEAD. This is mostly
to add some sanity checking for the pg_range catalog.
– Fix alignment and toasting bugs in range types. A range type whose
element type has ‘d’ alignment must have ‘d’ alignment itself, else
there is no guarantee that the element value can be used in-place.
(Because range_deserialize uses att_align_pointer which forcibly
aligns the given pointer, violations of this rule did not lead to
SIGBUS but rather to garbage data being extracted, as in one of the
added regression test cases.) Also, you can’t put a toast pointer
inside a range datum, since the referenced value could disappear
with the range datum still present. For consistency with the
handling of arrays and records, I also forced decompression of
in-line-compressed bound values. It would work to store them as-is,
but our policy is to avoid situations that might result in double
compression. Add assorted regression tests for this, and bump
catversion because of fixes to built-in pg_type entries. Also some
marginal cleanup of inconsistent/unnecessary error checks.
– Restructure function-internal caching in the range type code. Move
the responsibility for caching specialized information about range
types into the type cache, so that the catalog lookups only have to
occur once per session. Rearrange APIs a bit so that fn_extra
caching is actually effective in the GiST support code. (Use of
OidFunctionCallN is bad enough for performance in itself, but it
also prevents the function from exploiting fn_extra caching.) The
range I/O functions are still not very bright about caching repeated
lookups, but that seems like material for a separate patch. Also,
avoid unnecessary use of memcpy to fetch/store the range type OID
and flags, and don’t use the full range_deserialize machinery when
all we need to see is the flags value. Also fix API error in
range_gist_penalty — it was failing to set *penalty for any case
involving an empty range.
– Improve caching in range type I/O functions. Cache the the element
type’s I/O info across calls, not only the range type’s info. In
passing, also clean up hash_range a bit more.
– Code review for range-types catalog entries. Fix assorted
infelicities, such as dependency on OIDs that aren’t hardwired, as
well as outright misdeclaration of daterange_canonical(), which
resulted in crashes if you invoked it directly. Add some more
regression tests to try to catch similar mistakes in future.
– Fix range_cmp_bounds for the case of equal-valued exclusive bounds.
Also improve its comments and related regression tests. Jeff Davis,
with some further adjustments by Tom Lane.
– Extend the unknowns-are-same-as-known-inputs type resolution
heuristic. For a very long time, one of the parser’s heuristics for
resolving ambiguous operator calls has been to assume that
unknown-type literals are of the same type as the other input (if
it’s known). However, this was only used in the first step of
quickly checking for an exact-types match, and thus did not help in
resolving matches that require coercion, such as matches to
polymorphic operators. As we add more polymorphic operators, this
becomes more of a problem. This patch adds another use of the same
heuristic as a last-ditch check before failing to resolve an
ambiguous operator or function call. In particular this will let us
define the range inclusion operator in a less limited way (to come
in a follow-on patch).
– Declare range inclusion operators as taking anyelement not
anynonarray. Use of anynonarray was a crude hack to get around
ambiguity versus the array inclusion operators of the same names.
My previous patch to extend the parser’s type resolution heuristics
makes that unnecessary, so use the more general declaration instead.
This eliminates a wart that these operators couldn’t be used with
ranges over arrays, which are otherwise supported just fine. Also,
mark range_before and range_after as commutator operators, per
discussion with Jeff Davis.
– Do missed autoheader run for previous commit.
– Further review of range-types patch. Lots of documentation cleanup
today, and still more type_sanity tests.
– Avoid floating-point underflow while tracking buffer allocation
rate. When the system is idle for awhile after activity, the
“smoothed_alloc” state variable in BgBufferSync converges slowly to
zero. With standard IEEE float arithmetic this results in several
iterations with denormalized values, which causes kernel traps and
annoying log messages on some poorly-designed platforms. There’s no
real need to track such small values of smoothed_alloc, so we can
prevent the kernel traps by forcing it to zero as soon as it’s too
small to be interesting for our purposes. This issue is purely
cosmetic, since the iterations don’t happen fast enough for the
kernel traps to pose any meaningful performance problem, but still
it seems worth shutting up the log messages. The kernel log
messages were previously reported by a number of people, but kudos
to Greg Matthews for tracking down exactly where they were coming
– Further code review for range types patch. Fix some bugs in
coercion logic and pg_dump; more comment cleanup; minor cosmetic
Robert Haas pushed:
– Don’t elide blank lines when accumulating psql command history.
This can change the meaning of queries, if the blank line happens to
occur in the middle of a quoted literal, as per complaint from Tomas
Vondra. Back-patch to all supported branches.
– Restructure get_object_address() so it’s safe against concurrent
DDL. This gives a much better error message when the object of
interest is concurrently dropped and avoids needlessly failing when
the object of interest is concurrently dropped and recreated. It
also improves the behavior of two concurrent DROP IF EXISTS
operations targeted at the same object; as before, one will drop the
object, but now the other will emit the usual NOTICE indicating that
the object does not exist, instead of rolling back. As a fringe
benefit, it’s also slightly less code.
– Remove ancient downcasing code from procedural language operations.
A very long time ago, language names were specified as literals
rather than identifiers, so this code was added to do case-folding.
But that style has ben deprecated for many years so this isn’t
needed any more. Language names will still be downcased when
specified as unquoted identifiers, but quoted identifiers or the old
style using string literals will be left as-is.
– Further consolidation of DROP statement handling. This gets rid of
an impressive amount of duplicative code, with only minimal behavior
changes. DROP FOREIGN DATA WRAPPER now requires object ownership
rather than superuser privileges, matching the documentation we
already have. We also eliminate the historical warning about
dropping a built-in function as unuseful. All operations are now
performed in the same order for all object types handled by
dropcmds.c. KaiGai Kohei, with minor revisions by me
Michael Meskes pushed:
– Applied Zoltan Boszormenyi’s patch to correctly align interval and
timestamp data in ecpg’s sqlda.
Alvaro Herrera pushed:
– Don’t quote language name. It’s been deprecated for ages according
to Tom Lane, and it breaks now given the previous patch anyway. Per
Simon Riggs pushed:
– Avoid marking buffer dirty when VACUUM has no work to do. When
wal_level = ‘hot_standby’ we touched the last page of the relation
during a VACUUM, even if nothing else had happened. That would
alter the LSN of the last block and set the mtime of the relation
file unnecessarily. Noted by Thom Brown.
== Rejected Patches (for now) ==
No one was disappointed this week
== Pending Patches ==
Yeb Havinga sent in two more revisions of the patch to add named
parameters to cursor calls.
Greg Smith sent in another revision of the patch to restructure how
core extensions are placed in the source tree.
Bruce Momjian sent in a patch to fix an infelicity between pg_dump and
Jaime Casanova sent in another revision of the patch to measure
relation free space.
Shigeru HANADA sent in another revision of the patch to remove useless
columns from the system catalog table entries associated with foreign
Simon Riggs sent in a PoC patch to add group commit.
Andrew Dunstan sent in another revision of the patch to create
distinctions in pg_dump/pg_restore among pre-data, data, and post-data
as distinct entities.
Shigeru HANADA sent in another revision of the patch to make it
possible for the server to push JOINs to the foreign server, along
with infrastructure for same.
Greg Smith sent in another revision of the patch to allow displaying
accumulated autovacuum cost.
Julien Tachoires sent in another revision of the patch to allow moving
a table, its TOAST table, or both to a new tablespace.
Shigeru HANADA sent in a new flock of patches to enable a pgsql_fdw.
Scott Mead sent in two more revisions of a patch to introspect states
that are “<IDLE> in transaction.”
Laurenz Albe sent in two more revisions of a patch to allow disabling
KaiGai Kohei sent in another flock of patches refactoring DDL, one
part of which (DROP) Robert Haas updated and committed.
KaiGai Kohei sent in another revision of the patch to allow object
creation hooks, which sepgsql will eventually use.
Simon Riggs sent in a patch to optimize XLogInsert().
Robert Haas and Pavan Deolasee traded patches to implement a new
refactor of the locking system called FlexLocks.
Peter Eisentraut sent in a patch for type privileges.
Josh Kupershmidt sent in a patch to fix an infelicity in psql’s \ir
Greg Smith sent in a revived version of an old patch to allow
including a whole directory in postgresql.conf.
Greg Smith sent in a patch to add an “include if exists” directive in
Edward Muller sent in another revision of the patch to allow users to
kill their own queries.
Zoltan Boszormenyi sent in a patch to allow FETCH read-ahead in ECPG.
Tom Lane sent in a patch to avoid losing column names in some cases.
Etsuro Fujita sent in another revision of the patch that makes it
possible to collect statistics on FDW data, including an
implementation for the CSV FDW.
Andres Freund sent in two revisions of a patch to collapse a long
chain of “ifs” in eval_const_expressions_mutator into a “switch”
KaiGai Kohei sent in another revision of the patch to add a permission
check on SELECT INTO.
Andres Freund sent in a patch to allow the combination of (plan off,
rewrite off) in EXPLAIN for benchmarking.
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