On 12/17/2013 04:42 PM, Kevin Grittner wrote:
Josh Berkus <j...@agliodbs.com> wrote:
On 11/15/2013 05:41 AM, Heikki Linnakangas wrote:
A fundamental problem with this is that it needs to handle isolation
reliable, so that the assertion cannot be violated when two concurrent
backends do things. Consider the example from the manual, which checks
that a table has at least one row. Now, if the table has two rows to
begin with, and in one backend you delete one row, and concurrently in
another backend you delete the other row, and then commit both
transactions, the assertion is violated.

In other words, the assertions need to be checked in serializable mode.
Now that we have a real serializable mode, I think that's actually
Going back over this patch, I haven't seen any further discussion of the
point Heikki raises above, which seems like a bit of a showstopper.

Heikki, did you have specific ideas on how to solve this?  Right now my
mind boggles.
It works fine as long as you set default_transaction_isolation =
'serializable' and never override that.  :-)  Of course, it sure
would be nice to have a way to prohibit overrides, but that's
another issue.

Otherwise it is hard to see how to make it work in a general way
without a mutually exclusive lock mode on the table for the
duration of any transaction which modifies the table.

Maybe the presence of an assertion should be enough to force serializable, i.e. turn it on and not allow it to be turned off.



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