Thom Brown <> writes:
> Can I ask why it doesn't return the same snapshot ID each time?
> Surely it can't change since you can only export the snapshot of a
> serializable or repeatable read transaction?

No, that's incorrect.  You can export from a READ COMMITTED transaction;
indeed, you'd more or less have to, if you want the control transaction
to be able to see what the slaves do.

> count(pg_export_snapshot()) FROM generate_series(1,10000000);" would
> quickly bork the pg_snapshots directory which any user can run.

Shrug ... you can create a much more severe DOS problem by making
zillions of tables, if the filesystem doesn't handle lots-o-files

                        regards, tom lane

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