On Mon, Feb 27, 2017 at 5:13 AM, Noah Misch <n...@leadboat.com> wrote:
> Dear 7b4ac19 authors,
> Field ps_snapshot_data usually receives four-byte alignment within
> ParallelIndexScanDescData, but it contains the eight-byte whenTaken field.
> The select_parallel test dies with SIGBUS on "Oracle Solaris 10 1/13
> s10s_u11wos_24a SPARC", building with gcc 4.9.2.  Some credible fixes:
> 1. Move the SerializedSnapshotData declaration from snapmgr.c to snapmgr.h and
>    declare the ps_snapshot_data field to be of type SerializedSnapshotData.
>    Probably also add a field "TransactionId xids[FLEXIBLE_ARRAY_MEMBER]" to
>    SerializedSnapshotData, to assert the variable-length nature.
> 2. Change "char ps_snapshot_data[FLEXIBLE_ARRAY_MEMBER]" to "int64 ...".  I
>    have attached this in SerializedSnapshot-int64-v1.patch.
> 3. Change no declarations, and make snapmgr.c memcpy() the
>    SerializedSnapshotData through a local buffer.  I have attached this as
>    SerializedSnapshot-memcpy-v1.patch.
> I like (2) well enough, but I don't see that technique used elsewhere in the
> tree.  (1) is more typical of PostgreSQL, though I personally like it when
> structs can stay private to a file.  (3) is also well-attested, particularly
> in xlog replay code.  I am leaning toward (2).  Other opinions?

In my imagination, we were already doing #3, so I'd probably favor
that approach.

Robert Haas
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