I've bisected the errors I was seeing, discussed in
It look like they first appear in:
Author: Andres Freund <and...@anarazel.de>
Date: Sun Apr 10 20:12:32 2016 -0700
Allow Pin/UnpinBuffer to operate in a lockfree manner.
I get the errors:
ERROR: attempted to delete invisible tuple
STATEMENT: update foo set count=count+1,text_array=$1 where text_array @> $2
ERROR: unexpected chunk number 1 (expected 2) for toast value
85223889 in pg_toast_16424
STATEMENT: update foo set count=count+1 where text_array @> $1
Once these errors start occurring, they happen often. Usually the
"attempted to delete invisible tuple" happens first.
These errors show up after about 9 hours of run time. The timing is
predictable enough that I don't think it is a purely stochastic race
condition. It seems like some counter variable is overflowing. But
it is not the ShmemVariableCache->nextXid counter, as I previously
speculated. This test does not advance that fast enough to for it to
wrap around within 9 hours of run time. But I am at a loss of what
other variable it might be. Since the system goes through a crash and
recovery every few seconds, any backend-local counters or
shared-memory counters would get reset upon recovery. Right?
I think the invisible tuple referred to might be a tuple in the toast
table, not in the parent table.
I don't see the problem with an cassert-enabled, probably because it
is just too slow to ever reach the point where the problem occurs.
Any suggestions about where or how to look? I don't know if the
"attempted to delete invisible tuple" is the bug itself, or is just
tripping over corruption left behind by someone else.
(This was all run using Teodor's test-enabling patch
gin_alone_cleanup-4.patch, so as not to change horses in midstream.
Now that a version of that patch has been committed, I will try to
repeat this in HEAD)
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