Jan Wieck wrote:
The replication system I have in mind will have another field type of
the balance nature, where it will never communicate the current value
but only deltas that get applied regardless of the two timestamps.
I'd favor a more generally usable conflict resolution function
interface, on top of which you can implement both, the "last update
wins" as well as the "balance" conflict resolution type.
Passing the last common ancestor and the two conflicting heads to the
conflict resolution function (CRF) should be enough. That would easily
allow to implement the "balance" type (as you can calculate both
deltas). And if you want to rely on something as arbitrary as a
timestamp, you'd simply have to add a timestamp column to your table and
let the CRF decide uppon that.
This would allow pretty much any type of conflict resolution, for
example: higher priority cleanup transactions, which change lots of
tuples and should better not be aborted later on. Those could be
implemented by adding a priority column and having the CRF respect that
To find the last common ancestor tuple, transaction ids and MVCC are
enough. You wouldn't need to add timestamps. You'd only have to make
sure VACUUM doesn't delete tuples you still need.
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