Tomas Vondra <> writes:
> On 09/14/2016 07:57 PM, Tom Lane wrote:
>> People who are vacuuming because they are out of disk space will be very
>> very unhappy with that solution.

> The people are usually running out of space for data, while these files 
> would be temporary files placed wherever temp_tablespaces points to. I'd 
> argue if this is a source of problems, the people are already in deep 
> trouble due to sorts, CREATE INDEX, ... as those commands may also 
> generate a lot of temporary files.

Except that if you are trying to recover disk space, VACUUM is what you
are doing, not CREATE INDEX.  Requiring extra disk space to perform a
vacuum successfully is exactly the wrong direction to be going in.
See for example this current commitfest entry:
Regardless of what you think of the merits of that patch, it's trying
to solve a real-world problem.  And as Robert has already pointed out,
making this aspect of VACUUM more complicated is not solving any
pressing problem.  "But we made it faster" is going to be a poor answer
for the next person who finds themselves up against the wall with no

                        regards, tom lane

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