On Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 02:26:57PM -0700, Josh Berkus wrote: > On 07/26/2016 01:53 PM, Josh Berkus wrote: > > The write amplification issue, and its correllary in VACUUM, certainly > > continues to plague some users, and doesn't have any easy solutions. > > To explain this in concrete terms, which the blog post does not: > > 1. Create a small table, but one with enough rows that indexes make > sense (say 50,000 rows). > > 2. Make this table used in JOINs all over your database. > > 3. To support these JOINs, index most of the columns in the small table. > > 4. Now, update that small table 500 times per second. > > That's a recipe for runaway table bloat; VACUUM can't do much because > there's always some minutes-old transaction hanging around (and SNAPSHOT > TOO OLD doesn't really help, we're talking about minutes here), and > because of all of the indexes HOT isn't effective. Removing the indexes > is equally painful because it means less efficient JOINs. > > The Uber guy is right that InnoDB handles this better as long as you > don't touch the primary key (primary key updates in InnoDB are really bad). > > This is a common problem case we don't have an answer for yet.
Or, basically, we don't have an answer to without making something else worse. -- Bruce Momjian <br...@momjian.us> http://momjian.us EnterpriseDB http://enterprisedb.com + As you are, so once was I. As I am, so you will be. + + Ancient Roman grave inscription + -- Sent via pgsql-hackers mailing list (firstname.lastname@example.org) To make changes to your subscription: http://www.postgresql.org/mailpref/pgsql-hackers