On 3/21/07, Florian G. Pflug <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
Pavan Deolasee wrote:
> On 3/21/07, Merlin Moncure <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>> On 3/21/07, Pavan Deolasee <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>> > It seems much simpler to me do something like this. But important
>> > question is whether the restriction that CREATE INDEX can not
>> > be run in a transaction block is acceptable ?
>> yikes -- this is huge, huge price to pay, IMHO.  Think about DDL that
>> implies index creation such as adding unique constraint to a table,
>> many postgresql users (including me) take advantage of that in update
>> systems to production databases.
> I didn't understand that quite well. How does it help to run CREATE
> INDEX inside a transaction ?
The problem is not so much CREATE INDEX per se, but other DDL commands
that implicitly create an index, for example adding a PRIMARY KEY to a

Some applications that I have written would fail badly if CREATE INDEX
was disallowed inside a transaction - mostly, because they use plpgsql
functions to manipulate database objects, and disallowing CREATE INDEX
inside a transaction presumably means disallowing it from inside
stored procedures.

speaking with pavan off list he seems to think that only 'create
index' is outside transaction, not the other ddl flavors of it because
they are generally acquiring a excl lock.  so, in that sense it is
possibly acceptable to me although still a pretty tough pill to
swallow (thinking, guc time).  It would also preclude ever integrating
vanilla 'create index' to create table command, fwiw.


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