On Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 7:19 PM, Alexander Korotkov <
a.korot...@postgrespro.ru> wrote:

> On Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 3:52 PM, Robert Haas <robertmh...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> The VACUUM problems seem fairly serious.  It's true that these indexes
>> will be less subject to bloat, because they only need updating when
>> the PK or the indexed columns change, not when other indexed columns
>> change.  On the other hand, there's nothing to prevent a PK from being
>> recycled for an unrelated tuple.  We can guarantee that a TID won't be
>> recycled until all index references to the TID are gone, but there's
>> no such guarantee for a PK.  AFAICT, that would mean that an indirect
>> index would have to be viewed as unreliable: after looking up the PK,
>> you'd *always* have to recheck that it actually matched the index
>> qual.
> AFAICS, even without considering VACUUM, indirect indexes would be always
> used with recheck.
> As long as they don't contain visibility information.  When indirect
> indexed column was updated, indirect index would refer same PK with
> different index keys.
> There is no direct link between indirect index tuple and heap tuple, only
> logical link using PK.  Thus, you would anyway have to recheck.
I agree. Also, I think the recheck mechanism will have to be something like
what I wrote for WARM i.e. only checking for index quals won't be enough
and we would actually need to verify that the heap tuple satisfies the key
in the indirect index.


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