Tom Lane wrote:

> I really don't understand how any of this "let's release the buffer
> lock and then take it back later" logic is supposed to work reliably.

So summarize_range first inserts the placeholder tuple, which is there
purposefully for other processes to update concurrently; then, without
blocking any other process, scan the page range and update the
placeholder tuple (this could take a long time, so it'd be a bad idea
to hold buffer lock for that long).

I think what we should do is rethink the locking considerations in
brin_doupdate vs. brinGetTupleForHeapBlock, and how they are used in
summarize_range and brininsert.  In summarize_range, instead of hoping
that in some cases we will not need to re-obtain the placeholder tuple,
just do that in all cases keeping the buffer locked until the tuple is

Álvaro Herrera      
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