On Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 6:41 PM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
> Jim Nasby <jim.na...@bluetreble.com> writes:
>> On 3/2/16 4:21 PM, Peter Geoghegan wrote:
>>> I think you should commit this. The chances of anyone other than you
>>> and Masahiko recalling that you developed this tool in 3 years is
>>> essentially nil. I think that the cost of committing a developer-level
>>> debugging tool like this is very low. Modules like pg_freespacemap
>>> currently already have no chance of being of use to ordinary users.
>>> All you need to do is restrict the functions to throw an error when
>>> called by non-superusers, out of caution.
>>> It's a problem that modules like pg_stat_statements and
>>> pg_freespacemap are currently lumped together in the documentation,
>>> but we all know that.
>> +1.
> Would it make any sense to stick it under src/test/modules/ instead of
> contrib/ ?  That would help make it clear that it's a debugging tool
> and not something we expect end users to use.

I actually think end-users might well want to use it.  Also, I created
it by hacking up pg_freespacemap, so it may make sense to have it in
the same place.

I would also be tempted to add an additional C functions that scan the
entire visibility map and return counts of the total number of bits of
each type that are set, and similarly for the page level bits.
Presumably that would be much faster than

I am also tempted to change the API to be a bit more friendly,
although I am not sure exactly how.  This was a quick and dirty hack
so that I could test, but the hardest thing about making it not a
quick and dirty hack is probably deciding on a good UI.

Robert Haas
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