Ah... It seems that a item is calculated its hash value, get the bucket number from it and insert into that bucket "chain". The insertion has nothing to do with partition number(but Alvaro says "which hash is used depends on the partition number". I haven't really understood this: how can we get a hash value without deciding which hash to use? ). However, when we travel along a chain to get a item, we can infer its partition number from its hash value.

My problem is, I'm not so sure about the process stated above, because in that way, items in ONE chain may belong to different partitions,and it is obviously conflicted with "so that different partitions use different hash chains" as README mentioned. 2007/4/28, Tom Lane <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>:

It's not that hard: the bucket number is some number of low-order bits of the hash value, and the partition number is some smaller (or at most equal) number of low-order bits of the hash value. regards, tom lane