Michael Paquier wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 11:44 PM, Robert Haas <robertmh...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 10:19 AM, Michael Paquier
> > <michael.paqu...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >> So those bits could be considered for integration.
> >
> > Yes, and they also tend to suggest that the rest of the patch has value.
> Well, there are cases where you don't need any locking checks, and the
> proposed patch ignores that. Take for example pageinspect which works
> on a copy of a page, or just WAL replay which serializes everything,
> and in both cases PageGetLSN can be used safely. So for compatibility
> reasons I think that PageGetLSN should be kept alone to not surprise
> anybody using it, or at least an equivalent should be introduced. It
> would be interesting to make BufferGetLSNAtomic hold tighter checks,
> like something that makes use of LWLockHeldByMe for example.

I'd argue about this in the same direction I argued about
BufferGetPage() needing an LSN check that's applied separately: if it's
too easy for a developer to do the wrong thing (i.e. fail to apply the
separate LSN check after reading the page) then the routine should be
patched to do the check itself, and another routine should be offered
for the cases that explicitly can do without the check.

I was eventually outvoted in the BufferGetPage() saga, though, so I'm
not sure that that discussion sets precedent.

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