[EMAIL PROTECTED] ("Jim C. Nasby") writes:
> There are other transactions to consider: user transactions that will
> run a long time, but only hit a limited number of relations. These are
> as big a problem in an OLTP environment as vacuum is.
> Rather than coming up with machinery that will special-case vacuum or
> pg_dump, etc., I'd suggest thinking about a generic framework that would
> work for any long-runnnig transaction. One possibility:
> Transaction flags itself as 'long-running' and provides a list of
> exactly what relations it will be touching.
> That list is stored someplace a future vacuum can get at.
> The transaction runs, with additional checks that ensure it will not
> touch any relations that aren't in the list it provided. 

One thought that's a bit different...

How about we mark transactions that are in serializable mode?  That
would merely be a flag...

We would know that, for each such transaction, we could treat all
tuples "deadified" after those transactions as being dead and

That doesn't require any knowledge of relations that are
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