On Sat, Oct 8, 2016 at 2:22 PM, Michael Paquier
<michael.paqu...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Oct 8, 2016 at 9:12 PM, Amit Kapila <amit.kapil...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, Oct 7, 2016 at 10:16 PM, Alvaro Herrera
>> <alvhe...@2ndquadrant.com> wrote:
>>> Robert Haas wrote:
>>>> On Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 10:58 AM, Francisco Olarte
>>>> I don't know, but it seems like the documentation for vacuumdb
>>>> currently says, more or less, "Hey, if you use -j with -f, it may not
>>>> work!", which seems unacceptable to me.  It should be the job of the
>>>> person writing the feature to make it work in all cases, not the job
>>>> of the person using the feature to work around the problem when it
>>>> doesn't.
>>> The most interesting use case of vacuumdb is lazy vacuuming, I think, so
>>> committing that patch as it was submitted previously was a good step
>>> forward even if it didn't handle VACUUM FULL 100%.
>>> I agree that it's better to have both modes Just Work in parallel, which
>>> is the point of this subsequent patch.  So let's move forward.  I
>>> support Francisco's effort to make -f work with -j.  I don't have a
>>> strong opinion on which of the various proposals presented so far is the
>>> best way to implement it, but let's figure that out and get it done.
>> After reading Francisco's proposal [1], I don't think it is directly
>> trying to make -f and -j work together.  He is proposing to make it
>> work by providing some new options.  As you are wondering upthread, I
>> think it seems reasonable to disallow -f with parallel vacuuming if no
>> tables are specified.

For me -f & -j is not perfect, but better than not having it. It can
deadlock when given certain sets of catalog tables, either by making
it go for the full db or by a perverse set of -t options. But any DBA
needing them together should, IMO, have resources to write ( or have
someone else write for him ) a 20-liner wrapping and feeding them via
-t. After all, not every tool/option is for everyone, and everything
has it prerequisites.

What I'm trying to do in my patch is just to give vacuumdb the ability
to build a list of -t options by schema-filtering. I felt this was
really easy to do, and it could be used to script-around the problem
in a big portion of the cases, and also felt it could be useful for
other things ( the ability to vacuum some schemas or all but some
schemas seems useful even without having -f or -j ).

> Instead of restricting completely things, I'd like to think that being
> able to make both of them work together is the right move at the end.
> From what I recall from the code of vacuumdb, I agree with Alvaro's
> position: it would not be much a complicated challenge to vacuum all
> the catalogs in one worker and spread the rest of the tables in the
> rest of them. We need to be careful of the case where a list of tables
> is given by the user via -t though, in the case where user is passing
> both catalog and normal relations.

This is something more complicated, needing more complicated patching
than the one I was trying to do. If someone is going to look at it I
would back up myself until done and look at the code again when done,
as I feel it needs more scarce postgres internal talent than mine and
the paths are going to interfere, and as the schema filtering is just
some string manipulation code I feel the proper way to do it would be
the last one.

I also feel against completely disallowing it. May be warn a bit more
tops or perhaps resticting it when not having a table list . I feel
being able to combine -j and -f is like rocket fuel, messy and
dangerous, but sometimes you need to use it, and if you are careful
all should be fine.

Francisco Olarte.

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