On 2014-07-24 17:53:17 -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
> There's a bunch of code in xlog.c that special-cases commit/abort records
> for purposes of controlling replay, ie whether you can pause before/after
> a particular xlog record, extract a timestamp from it, etc.  This code
> does not, and apparently never has, counted COMMIT_PREPARED or
> ABORT_PREPARED as commit/abort records.  Is there a good reason for that,
> or is it just an oversight?

Seems like an oversight to me.

> I noticed this in investigation of bug #11032, which is a side effect
> of the fact that xlog.c doesn't believe there's any timestamp to be
> found in COMMIT_PREPARED records.  But more generally, they can't be
> used as recovery targets, and I don't see a reason for that.

> Assuming we agree that this is a bug, is it something to back-patch,
> or do we not want to change back-branch behavior here?

I started to argue that we should change the cases where
SetLatestXTime() but not stop for prepared xacts but couldn't really
think of a reason why it'd be a good plan. So I ovte for backpatching
the whole thing.


Andres Freund

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