* Dimitri Fontaine (dimi...@2ndquadrant.fr) wrote:
>  1. Do you agree that a systematic way to report what a DDL command (or
>     script, or transaction) is going to do on your production database
>     is a feature we should provide to our growing user base?

I definitely like the idea of such a 'dry-run' kind of operation to get
an idea of what would happen.

>  2. What do you think such a feature should look like?

My thinking is that this would be implemented as a new kind of read-only
transaction type.

>  3. Does it make sense to support the whole set of DDL commands from the
>     get go (or ever) when most of them are only taking locks in their
>     own pg_catalog entry anyway?

On the fence about this one..  In general, I'd say "yes", but I've not
looked at every case and I imagine there are DDL commands which really
aren't all that interesting for this case.

> Provided that we are able to converge towards a common enough answer to
> those questions, I propose to hack my way around and send patches to
> have it (the common answer) available in the next PostgreSQL release.

That feels a bit ambitious, given that we've not yet really nailed down
the feature definition yet, but I do like where you're going. :)



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