* Simon Riggs ( wrote:
> On 4 May 2016 at 16:45, Tom Lane <> wrote:
> > Why is it that we need to lock a table at all if we're just going to dump
> > its ACL?
> We don't, but surely that's the wrong question.

I tend to agree with this, however...

> If we don't lock it then we will have a inconsistent dump that will fail
> later, if dumped while an object is being dropped.
> Do we want an inconsistent dump?

The dump won't be inconsistent, as Tom pointed out.  The catalog tables
are read using a repeatable read transaction, which will be consistent.

> For what reason are we changing existing behaviour? There is no bug here,
> as Stephen explained.
> So this is a behaviour change after freeze with uncertain purpose.

This isn't accurate.  We never locked tables in pg_catalog before, as we
never looked at them, and that's currently the only case where the new
logic will apply.  We may change the behavior for --no-privileges (and
perhaps other options) in the future to also have this logic apply, but
I agree that's 9.7 material.



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