On Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 08:56:09PM +0800, Craig Ringer wrote:
> Also, if you run *with* --link, IIRC there's no guarantee that the old version
> will be happy to see any new infomask bits etc introduced by the new Pg. I

Well, we only write system tables in pg_upgrade in the new cluster, and
those are not hard linked.  As far as I know, we never write to anything
we hard link from the old cluster.

> think there will also be issues with oid to relfilenode mappings in pg_class 
> if
> the new cluster did any VACUUM FULLs or anything. It seems likely to be a bit

pg_upgrade turns off all vacuums.

> risky to fall back on the old cluster once you've upgraded with --link . TBH 
> it
> never even occurred to me that it'd be possible at all until you mentioned.

Well, with --link, you can't start the old cluster, and that is
documented, and pg_control is renamed to prevent accidental start.  I
think it is possible to start the old cluster before the new cluster is

> I always thought of pg_upgrade as a one-way no-going-back process either way,
> really. Either due to a fork in history (without --link) or due to possibly
> incompatible datadir changes (with --link).


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