On Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 7:53 AM, Tomas Vondra
> In the thread  dealing with hashjoin bug introduced in 9.5, Tom voiced
> his dislike of dense_alloc. I kinda agree with him that introducing "local
> allocators" may not be the best idea, and as dense_alloc was introduced by
> me I was playing with the idea to wrap this into a regular memory context,
> perhaps with some restrictions (e.g. no pfree). But I'm having trouble with
> that approach ...
I think that the "no pfree()" restriction would be necessary to get
the same benefit. But, doesn't that undermine the whole idea of making
it a memory context?
In my view, these "local allocators" are not so bad. They're a bit
ugly, but that seems to be worth it so far, and I don't think that
there is that much incidental complexity that could be encapsulated.
For a few modules, including tuplesort.c, the hash join code,
tuplestore.c, and possibly a couple of others, having precise control
over memory just seems like a good idea to me (i.e. doling it out from
some initial large batch palloc() allocations according to some
considerations about the relevant data structures, leaving a
I suspect that there are not that many places where it is worth it to
even contemplate batch or dense allocators, so I doubt that what we
will see all that many more instances of "local allocators".
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