On 2014-09-25 10:24:39 +0530, Abhijit Menon-Sen wrote:
> At 2014-09-24 11:09:24 +0200, and...@2ndquadrant.com wrote:
> > I think it's completely unacceptable to copy a visibility routine.
> OK. Which visibility routine should I use, and should I try to create a
> variant that doesn't set hint bits?
I've not yet followed your premise that you actually need one that
doesn't set hint bits...
> I don't have any reasoning for why it's safe to not hold a content lock.
> If there is one, I need help to find it. If not, I'll acquire a content
> lock. (If anyone can explain why it isn't safe, I would appreciate it.)
I don't see why it'd be safe. Without the content lock you can come
across half written tuple headers and similar things. You can try to
argue that all the possible faults of that are harmless, but I think
that'd require a tremendous amount of code review and it'd be hard to
continue to guarantee. There's a reason we acquire locks, you know :)
I think it's saner to first get this working & committed properly *with*
the lock. If you afterwards have energy to improve it further we can
Andres Freund http://www.2ndQuadrant.com/
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