Gregory Stark wrote:
> "Heikki Linnakangas" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > There is one wacky idea I haven't dared to propose yet:
> >
> > We could lift the limitation that you can't defragment a page that's
> > pinned, if we play some smoke and mirrors in the buffer manager. When
> > you prune a page, make a *copy* of the page you're pruning, and keep
> > both versions in the buffer cache. Old pointers keep pointing to the old
> > version. Any new calls to ReadBuffer will return the new copy, and the
> > old copy can be dropped when its pin count drops to zero.
> Fwiw when Heikki first mentioned this idea I thought it was the craziest thing
> I ever heard. But the more I thought about it the more I liked it. I've come
> to the conclusion that while it's a wart, it's not much worse than the wart of
> the super-exclusive lock which it replaces. In fact it's arguably cleaner in
> some ways.

I read this as very similar to RCU.  In some scenarios it makes a lot of
sense.  I don't think it's a thing to be attacked in 8.3 though, since
it is a big change to the bufmgr.

Alvaro Herrera              
"The Postgresql hackers have what I call a "NASA space shot" mentality.
 Quite refreshing in a world of "weekend drag racer" developers."
(Scott Marlowe)

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