On Sun, Sep 25, 2016 at 9:31 PM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
> Amit Kapila <amit.kapil...@gmail.com> writes:
>> On Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 12:21 AM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
>>> 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. ...
>>> 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?
>> I think it is basically to ensure that the queries on standby should
>> not be considering the page being recycled as valid and if there is
>> any pending query to which this page is visible, cancel it.  If this
>> understanding is correct, then I think the fix you are proposing is
>> correct.
> After thinking about it some more, I do not understand why we are emitting
> WAL here at all in *any* case, either for a new page or for a deleted one
> that we're about to recycle.  Why wouldn't the appropriate actions have
> been taken when the page was deleted, or even before that when its last
> tuple was deleted?

It seems to me that we do take actions for conflict resolution during
the page deletion (that looks to be covered by XLOG_HEAP2_CLEANUP_INFO
which we emit in vacuum), but not sure if that is sufficient.
Consider a case where the new transaction is started on standby after
page deletion and the same still precedes the value of xact on page,
such transactions must be cancelled before we can reuse the page.  I
think the fact that before recycling the page we do ensure that no
transaction is interested in that page in master indicates something
similar is required in standby as well.

With Regards,
Amit Kapila.
EnterpriseDB: http://www.enterprisedb.com

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