On 2/20/07, Tom Lane <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

"Pavan Deolasee" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> ... Yes. The HOT-updated status of the root and all intermediate
> tuples is cleared and their respective ctid pointers are made
> point to themselves.

Doesn't that destroy the knowledge that they form a tuple chain?
While it might be that no one cares any longer, it would seem more
reasonable to leave 'em chained together.

I see your point, but as you mentioned do we really care ? The chain
needs to be broken so that the intermediate DEAD tuples can be
vacuumed. We can't vacuum them normally because they could
be a part of live HOT-update chain. Resetting the HOT-updated
status of the root tuple helps to mark the index entry LP_DELETE
once the entire HOT-update chain is dead.

Also, if we decide to reuse the heap-only tuples without even
vacuuming, breaking the chain is a better option since we then
guarantee no references to the heap-only DEAD tuples.



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