On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 11:02 AM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
> Robert Haas <robertmh...@gmail.com> writes:
>> That theory seems inconsistent with how mdextend() works.  My
>> understanding is that we zero-fill the new blocks before populating
>> them with actual data precisely to avoid running out of disk space due
>> to deferred allocation at the OS level.  If we don't care about
>> failures due to deferred allocation at the OS level, we can rip that
>> logic out and improve the performance of relation extension
>> considerably.
> See my reply to Stephen.  The fact that this fails to guarantee no
> ENOSPC on COW filesystems doesn't mean that it's not worth doing on
> other filesystems.  We're reducing the risk, not eliminating it,
> but reducing risk is still a worthwhile activity.

Well, then it would presumably be worth reducing for hash indexes, too.

Robert Haas
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