"Tom Lane" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:

> If we replaced that line with something like
>       SET_VARLENA_LEN(result, len + VARHDRSZ);
> then we'd have a *whole* lot more control.  

I think that part was already clear. The problem was in VARDATA.

I don't really see a way around it though. Places that fill in VARDATA before
the size (formatting.c seems to be the worst case) will just have to be
changed and it'll be a fairly fragile point.

> For example it'd be easy to implement the previously-discussed design
> involving storing uncompressed length words in network byte order:
> SET_VARLENA_LEN does htonl() and VARSIZE does ntohl() and nothing else in
> the per-datatype functions needs to change. Another idea that we were
> kicking around is to make an explicit distinction between little-endian and
> big-endian hardware: on big-endian hardware, store the two TOAST flag bits
> in the MSBs as now, but on little-endian, store them in the LSBs, shifting
> the length value up two bits. This would probably be marginally faster than
> htonl/ntohl depending on hardware and compiler intelligence, but either way
> you get to guarantee that the flag bits are in the physically first byte,
> which is the critical thing needed to be able to tell the difference between
> compressed and uncompressed length values.

Actually I think neither htonl nor bitshifting the entire 4-byte word is going
to really work here. Both will require 4-byte alignment. Instead I think we
have to access the length byte by byte as a (char*) and do arithmetic. Since
it's the pointer being passed to VARSIZE that isn't too hard, but it might
perform poorly.

> The important point here is that VARSIZE() still works, so only code that
> creates a new varlena value need be affected, not code that examines one.

So what would VARSIZE() return, the size of the payload plus VARHDRSZ
regardless of what actual size the header was? That seems like it would break
the least existing code though removing all the VARHDRSZ offsets seems like it
would be cleaner.

  Gregory Stark
  EnterpriseDB          http://www.enterprisedb.com

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