On 5/10/16 4:12 PM, Andres Freund wrote:
The catalog representation (as in pg_class.reltoastrelid) isn't entirely
clear to me.  One way would be to invert pg_class.reltoastrelid's
meaning and have the toast table point to the table it stores values
for. That'd also open the potential of having one toast table per column
and such.

FWIW, toast-per-column is something I have a use case for.

Can we also consider using a per-toast-table sequence instead of OID? IIRC the generation mechanics of the two are similar, and that would greatly reduce the pressure on OID generation.

Tom, were you around when sequences were added? I'm guessing that that was done in response to OIDs becoming a serious problem in user tables on larger installs; ISTM this is just the next iteration of them being a problem. (And I suspect the one after this will be pg_attribute or maybe pg_depend).
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