Robert Haas <> writes:
> On Sat, Nov 12, 2016 at 10:28 AM, Andres Freund <> wrote:
>> On 2016-08-30 07:38:10 -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
>>> I think this is probably wrong, or at least very dangerous to remove.
>>> The reason for the feature is that the slot may continue to point at
>>> the tuple after the scan has moved on.

>> FWIW, that's not safe to assume in upper layers *anyway*. If you want to
>> do that, the slot has to be materialized, and that'd make a local
>> copy. If you don't materialize tts_values/isnull can point into random
>> old memory (common e.g. for projections and virtual tuples in general).

> So, I think you are arguing in favor of proceeding with this patch?

I don't believe Andres' claim anyway.  There are certainly cases where an
allegedly-valid slot could be pointing at garbage, but table scans aren't
one of them, precisely because of the pin held by the slot.  It would take
a fairly wide-ranging code review to convince me that it's okay to lose
that mechanism.

                        regards, tom lane

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