Heikki Linnakangas <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> IMHO the right fix is to modify PageGetFreeSpace not to do the 
> subtraction, it's a hack anyway, but that means we have to go through 
> and fix every caller of it. Or we can add a new PageGetReallyFreeSpace 
> function and keep the old one for compatibility. What do we want?

It'd probably be a good idea to take a look at each caller and see
whether it has a problem with that.  I believe PageGetFreeSpace's
behavior is actually the right thing for many of 'em.  The idea is that
subtracting the 4 bytes is often necessary and always safe/conservative
(but is that true in this case?  We're overestimating dataitemtotal,
can that hurt us?).  Is it worth changing each caller to try to account
exactly for those 4 bytes?

In short, I'm inclined to leave the function alone unless changing it
can be shown to be a win for most callers.  Add a new function
(perhaps PageGetExactFreeSpace would be a better name).

Keep in mind also that we need a minimal-change version for
back-patching.  If this is cleanup rather than bug fix, please
submit it separately.

                        regards, tom lane

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