On 23 March 2017 at 02:08, Simon Riggs <si...@2ndquadrant.com> wrote:

> And of course, we might return "subcommitted" also, which could
> technically also be an abort in some cases, so we'd need to do a wait
> loop on that.

Users generally don't see subxact IDs, so it wasn't something I was
overly concerned by. Most notably,  txid_current() doesn't report

Users who want to know the commit status of an xact that had a commit
in-flight when they lost access to it due to server crash, network
loss, etc aren't going to care about subxacts. If you lose your
connection after a RELEASE SAVEPOINT you know the outer xact will get
aborted or the state of the individual subxacts.

They're visible in heap tuples, but you can only see uncommitted heap
tuples from your own top-level xid. For anything else, if you can see
the xid in xmin you know it committed. There isn't really any reason
you'd be looking up tuple xids with txid_status anyway, and if you did
you'd have to pay attention to mess like multixacts in xmax ... but
you can't tell from the xid alone if it's a multixact or not, so this
doesn't make sense with xids that could be multis anyway.

If we're going to handle subxacts specially, we should probably report
them as "sub-committed" if we find that the current xid is a committed
subxact member of an outer xact that is still in-progress. But IMO
it's pretty pointless since you won't be dealing with subxact IDs in
the application anyway.

> Which makes me think it would be confusing to say "in progress" for
> when it is our current xid, since the user might wait until it is
> complete and then wait forever. Prefer it if it said "in progress -
> current transaction"

I'm fine with "current transaction". Though I think it's kind of a
moot point as I don't see any reason for an application to ever be
doing the equivalent of


in the first place. But it's harmless enough.

 Craig Ringer                   http://www.2ndQuadrant.com/
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