On Thu, Apr 05, 2007 at 10:00:37PM +0200, Markus Schiltknecht wrote:
> >If someone manages to crack uniqueness for GiST indexes, we'll have our
> >answer, since it has exactly the same problem but on a different scale.
> >(Or vice-versa, if some gets uniqueness for multiple indexes, we can do
> >it for GiST also).
> Uh.. can you elaborate on that? AFAICS, you would simply have to query 
> multiple btree indexes and make sure non of them is violated. How would 
> that help making unique GiST indexes possible? What's the problem there?

There's a race condition. What happens if someone else tries to insert
the same key at the same time. If you know it's going to be in the same
index you can lock the page. Across multiple indexes you run into
deadlock issues.

I'm not saying it's hard, just that it's not as easy as checking each

Have a nice day,
Martijn van Oosterhout   <kleptog@svana.org>   http://svana.org/kleptog/
> From each according to his ability. To each according to his ability to 
> litigate.

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