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

> I don't see any good reason why overwriting a whole cache line oughtn't be
> the same speed either way.

I can think of a couple theories, but I don't know if they're reasonable. The
one the comes to mind is the inter-processor cache coherency protocol. When
writing to a cache line the processor already owns maybe it can skip having to
check for other processors owning that cache line?

What happens if VACUUM comes across buffers that *are* already in the buffer
cache. Does it throw those on the freelist too? That seems like it would be
dangerous if they were in the buffer cache for a reason.

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

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