Tatsuo Ishii <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> Kenji Sugita has identified a problem with cost_sort() in costsize.c.
> In the following code fragment, sortmembytes is defined as long. So
>               double          nruns = nbytes / (sortmembytes * 2);
> may cause an integer overflow if sortmembytes exceeds 2^30, which in
> turn make optimizer to produce wrong query plan(this actually happned
> in a large PostgreSQL installation which has tons of memory).

I find it really really hard to believe that it's wise to run with
sort_mem exceeding 2 gig ;-).  Does that installation have so much
RAM that it can afford to run multiple many-Gb sorts concurrently?

This is far from being the only place that multiplies SortMem by 1024.
My inclination is that a safer fix is to alter guc.c's entry for
SortMem to establish a maximum value of INT_MAX/1024 for the variable.

Probably some of the other GUC variables like shared_buffers ought to
have overflow-related maxima established, too.

                        regards, tom lane

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