On Sat, 2007-02-03 at 22:11 -0500, Bruce Momjian wrote:
> Tom Lane wrote:
> > Peter Eisentraut <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > > vacuumlazy.c contains a hint "Consider compacting this relation" but
> > > AFAICT,
> > > there is no indication anywhere how "compacting" is supposed to be
> > > achieved.
> > > I guess this means VACUUM FULL or CLUSTER, but I don't think the hint can
> > > be
> > > processed effectively by a user.
> > So change it ...
> New message is:
> errhint("Consider using VACUUM FULL on this relation or increasing the
> configuration parameter \"max_fsm_pages\".")));
The change of wording may be appropriate, but it is triggered when
if (vacrelstats->tot_free_pages > MaxFSMPages)
So if you VACUUM a 15+GB table and it has only 1% freespace then it will
still generate this message. Hopefully you'd agree that the message
would be inappropriate in that case.
It's also inappropriate because this message is generated *prior* to
doing lazy_truncate_heap(), which could easily remove lots of empty
pages anyhow. That might reduce it to less than MaxFSMPages anyhow, so
it can currently be triggered in wholly inappropriate situations.
So I suggest that we move this wording after lazy_truncate_heap() in
lazy_vacuum_rel() *and* we alter the hint so that it only suggests
VACUUM FULL if the table has 20% fragmentation, whatever its size.
Happy to drop a patch for this, if people agree.
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