Florian G. Pflug wrote:
> Heikki Linnakangas wrote:
>> I wrote:
>>> Unfortunately I don't see any easy way to fix it. One approach would be
>>> to avoid reusing the relfilenodes until next checkpoint, but I don't see
>>> any nice place to keep track of OIDs that have been dropped since last
>>> checkpoint.
>> Ok, here's one idea:
>> Instead of deleting the file immediately on commit of DROP TABLE, the
>> file is truncated to release the space, but not unlink()ed, to avoid
>> reusing that relfilenode. The truncated file can be deleted after next
>> checkpoint.
>> Now, how does checkpoint know what to delete? We can use the fsync
>> request mechanism for that. When a file is truncated, a new kind of
>> fsync request, a "deletion request", is sent to the bgwriter, which
>> collects all such requests to a list. Before checkpoint calculates new
>> RedoRecPtr, the list is swapped with an empty one, and after writing the
>> new checkpoint record, all the files that were in the list are deleted.
>> We would leak empty files on crashes, but we leak files on crashes
>> anyway, so that shouldn't be an issue. This scheme wouldn't require
>> catalog changes, so it would be suitable for backpatching.
>> Any better ideas?
> Couldn't we fix this by forcing a checkpoint before we commit the
> transaction that created the new pg_class entry for the clustered table?
> Or rather, more generally, before committing a transaction that created
> a new non-temporary relfilenode but didn't WAL-log any subsequent inserts.

Yes, that would work. As a small optimization, you could set a flag in
shared mem whenever you delete a rel file, and skip the checkpoint when
that flag isn't set.

> Thats of course a rather sledgehammer-like approach to this problem -
> but at least for the backbranched the fix would be less intrusive...

Too much of a sledgehammer IMHO.

BTW, CREATE INDEX is also vulnerable. And in 8.3, COPY to a table
created/truncated in the same transaction.

  Heikki Linnakangas
  EnterpriseDB   http://www.enterprisedb.com

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