Robert Haas <> writes:
> On Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 7:07 AM, Amit Kapila <> wrote:
>> I think you have a valid point.  It seems we don't need to write WAL
>> for reuse page (aka don't call _bt_log_reuse_page()), if the page is
>> new, as the only purpose of that log is to handle conflict based on
>> transaction id stored in special area which will be anyway zero.

> +1.

This is clearly an oversight in Simon's patch fafa374f2, which introduced
this code without any consideration for the possibility that the page
doesn't have a valid special area.  We could prevent the crash by
doing nothing if PageIsNew, a la

                if (_bt_page_recyclable(page))
                     * If we are generating WAL for Hot Standby then create a
                     * WAL record that will allow us to conflict with queries
                     * running on standby.
-                   if (XLogStandbyInfoActive() && RelationNeedsWAL(rel))
+                   if (XLogStandbyInfoActive() && RelationNeedsWAL(rel) &&
+                       !PageIsNew(page))
                        BTPageOpaque opaque = (BTPageOpaque) 

                        _bt_log_reuse_page(rel, blkno, opaque->btpo.xact);

                    /* Okay to use page.  Re-initialize and return it */

but I'm not very clear on whether this is a safe fix, mainly because
I don't understand what the reuse WAL record really accomplishes.
Maybe we need to instead generate a reuse record with some special
transaction ID indicating worst-case assumptions?

                        regards, tom lane

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