On Sat, Nov 26, 2016 at 9:46 PM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
> Amit Kapila <amit.kapil...@gmail.com> writes:
>> What will such a storage parameter (default_tablespace) mean at table
>> level and how it will different from existing default_tablespace?  I
>> think the usage asked by Amos is quite genuine, but not sure if
>> introducing default_tablespace as a storage level parameter is the
>> best way to address it.  Another way could be that we allow the user
>> to specify something like tablespace_name <inherit parent>/<inherit
>> table> or something like that.
> That seems overcomplicated, and it will also pose quite some hazard
> for pg_dump for example.  It feels like "action at a distance", in
> that creation of an index will now depend on properties that aren't
> immediately obvious.
> I was thinking about introducing a new GUC, named something like
> default_index_tablespace, which would need to have at least these
> behaviors:
> 1. index tablespace is same as default_tablespace (the backwards
> compatible, and therefore the default, behavior).
> 2. index tablespace is same as table's tablespace.
> 3. default_index_tablespace names a specific tablespace.
> Point 3 isn't in the current request but I'm pretty sure I've heard
> it requested in the past, so that people can conveniently put all
> tables in tablespace X and all indexes in tablespace Y.
> If we just did points 1 and 2 then a bool GUC would suffice.  I'm
> not sure how to handle all three cases cleanly.  We could define
> default_index_tablespace as empty to get point 1 or a tablespace
> name to get point 3, but that leaves us having to use some magic
> string for point 2, which would be messy --- what if it conflicts
> with someone's choice of a tablespace name?

Yeah, I think coming with a clean way to handle all three might be
messy.  How about if just handle 2 and 3?  If the table is created
with default_tablespace, then automatically it will be created in
default_tablespace.  Do you think maintaining backward compatibility
is important in this case?

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

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