On 2016-05-10 10:09:07 -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
> Andres Freund <and...@anarazel.de> writes:
> > Is anybody ready with a good defense for SatisfiesToast not doing any
> > actual liveliness checks?
> As long as we do not update toast values after creation, there is no
> need; the liveness check on the parent tuple is what's important.
> Adding a liveness check on the toast item would merely create new
> failure modes with no corresponding benefit.

You mean besides not having a corrupted database like in this case?

> Imagine deciding that field 3 of a regular tuple was somehow dead even
> though the rest of the tuple is live --- how can that be good?

How would ever happen in normal operation? And why are we checking hint
bits in HeapTupleSatisfiesToast() in that case?
        if (!HeapTupleHeaderXminCommitted(tuple))
                if (HeapTupleHeaderXminInvalid(tuple))
                        return false;

The only way I can see the scenario you're described happening is if
there's a bug somewhere else.

> I concur with Robert that what this looks like is failure to ensure
> that toast OIDs are unique, which is an entirely different problem.

Well, I did describe how this can come about due to a wraparound, and
how GetNewOidWithIndex isn't sufficient to prevent the problem, as it
only hints (which are by definition not durable)...


Andres Freund

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