On 08/24/2016 12:18 AM, Claudio Freire wrote:
On Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 7:11 PM, Tomas Vondra
<tomas.von...@2ndquadrant.com> wrote:
On 08/22/2016 10:32 PM, Robert Haas wrote:


1. The number of tables for which we would need to add a duplicate,
unlogged table is formidable.  You need pg_attribute, pg_attrdef,
pg_constraint, pg_description, pg_type, pg_trigger, pg_rewrite, etc.
And the backend changes needed so that we used the unlogged copy for
temp tables and the permanent copy for regular tables is probably
really large.

2. You can't write to unlogged tables on standby servers, so this
doesn't help solve the problem of wanting to use temporary tables on

3. While it makes creating temporary tables a lighter-weight
operation, because you no longer need to write WAL for the catalog
entries, there's probably still substantially more overhead than just
stuffing them in backend-local RAM.  So the performance benefits are
probably fairly modest.

Overall I feel like the development effort that it would take to make
this work would almost certainly be better-expended elsewhere.  But of
course I'm not in charge of how people who work for other companies
spend their time...

Could someone please explain how the unlogged tables are supposed to fix the
catalog bloat problem, as stated in the initial patch submission? We'd still
need to insert/delete the catalog rows when creating/dropping the temporary
tables, causing the bloat. Or is there something I'm missing?

Wouldn't more aggressive vacuuming of catalog tables fix the bloat?

Perhaps reserving a worker or N to run only on catalog schemas?

That'd be far simpler.

Maybe, although IIRC the issues with catalog bloat were due to a combination of long queries and many temporary tables being created/dropped. In that case simply ramping up autovacuum (or even having a dedicated workers for catalogs) would not realy help due to the xmin horizon being blocked by the long-running queries.

Maybe it's entirely crazy idea due to the wine I drank at the dinner, but couldn't we vacuum the temporary table records differently? For example, couldn't we just consider them removable as soon as the backend that owns them disappears?


Tomas Vondra                  http://www.2ndQuadrant.com
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