I haven't read your respective patches yet, but both these threads
brought to memory a patch I proposed a few years ago that I never


In that thread I posted a patch to implement a prioritisation scheme for
autovacuum, based on an equation which was still under discussion when
I abandoned it.  Chris Browne proposed a crazy equation to mix in both
XID age and fraction of dead tuples; probably that idea is worth
studying further.  I tried to implement that in my patch but I probably
didn't do it correctly (because, as I recall, it failed to work as
expected).  Nowadays I think we would also consider the multixact freeze
age, too.

Maybe that's worth giving a quick look in case some of the ideas there
are useful for the patches now being proposed.

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