On 2014-06-27 08:39:13 -0600, Ryan Johnson wrote:
> On 27/06/2014 3:14 AM, Andres Freund wrote:
> >On 2014-06-26 22:47:47 -0600, Ryan Johnson wrote:
> >>Hi,
> >>
> >>As part of a research project, I'm trying to change Read Committed isolation
> >>to use HeapTupleSatisfiesNow rather than acquiring a new snapshot at every
> >>command [1]. Things appear to have gone reasonably well so far, except
> >>certain queries fail with "ERROR:  non-MVCC snapshots are not supported in
> >>index-only scans."
> >You're aware that unless you employ additional locking you can simply
> >miss individual rows or see them several times because of concurrent
> >updates?
> >The reason it has worked (< 9.4) for system catalogs is that updates of
> >rows were only performed while objects were locked access exclusively -
> >that's the reason why some places in the code use inplace updates btw...

> Yes, I was aware of the need for locking. The documentation just made it
> sound that locking was already in place for non-MVCC index scans. I was
> hoping I'd missed some easy way to activate it.

Well, it is/was for the places (i.e. DDL) that actually use non-MVCC


Andres Freund

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