On 4/14/16 1:33 PM, Tom Lane wrote:
> David Steele <da...@pgmasters.net> writes:
>> On 4/14/16 7:16 AM, Andreas Karlsson wrote:
>>> I am personally not a fan of the pg_get_Xdef() functions due to their
>>> heavy reliance on the syscache which feels rather unsafe in combination
>>> with concurrent DDL.
>> As far as I know pg_dump share locks everything before it starts so
>> there shouldn't be issues with concurrent DDL.  Try creating a new
>> inherited table with FKs, etc. during a pg_dump and you'll see lots of
>> fun lock waits.
> I think pg_dump is reasonably proof against DDL on tables.  It is not
> at all proof against DDL on other sorts of objects, such as functions,
> because of the fact that the syscache will follow catalog updates that
> occur after pg_dump's transaction snapshot.

Hmm, OK.  I'll need to go look at that.

I thought that the backend running the pg_dump would fill it's syscache
when it took all the locks and then not update them during the actual
dump.  If that's not the case then it's a bit scary, yes.

It seems to make a good case for physical backups vs. logical.


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