On 2/22/07, Zeugswetter Andreas ADI SD <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> > I very much like Hannu's idea, but it does present some issues.
> >
> >
> I too liked Hannu's idea initially, but Tom raised a valid
> concern that it does not address the basic issue of root
> tuples. According to the idea, a DEAD root tuple can be used
> for a subsequent update of the same row.

If you are reusing the existing slot of a root tuple how will that
slot likely have room for an extra pointer and a live tuple ?
If the idea does not cover root reuse we don't need pointers.

Hannu talked about using one of xmin/xmax for storing
back-pointers. There were objections to that since it breaks
the xmax/xmin matching robustness that we have today.

Imho we should follow the swing idea.

Yes, thats one option. Though given a choice I would waste
four bytes in the heap-page than inserting a new index entry.
The heap tuples can be vacuumed rather easily than the index
entries which, if I am mistaken, can not be reused even after
marked LP_DELETEd.



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