Simon Riggs wrote:
> On Sun, 2004-04-25 at 19:06, Alvaro Herrera wrote:
> > Hackers,
> > 
> > This patch adds subtransaction support into the storage manager.  Files
> > created or dropped inside a subtransaction are correctly dealt with at
> > subtransaction commit or abort.
> > - pg_clog/pg_subtrans.  Need a solution.
> > 
> > 
> > PS: somehow I managed to get tired of the phrase "nested transactions"
> > and I'm using the term "subtransactions" instead.  In my head they are
> > the same thing ...
> Impressive.
> As you're aware, our current work overlaps.
> pg_clog doesn't seem like the place to record subtransactions, though
> maybe it is... could we not give subtransactions a txnid just as with
> flat transactions? That way we can record everything in pg_clog AND
> recovery will work without further modification - as long as the failure
> of a top level transaction causes failure of every subtransaction EVEN
> if the subtrans originally committed.

The problem is we have to atomically mark multiple transactions as
committed/aborted in pg_clog.  Each subtransaction does get its own xid,
it is just that pg_subtrans maps each xid to is parent xid for use in
atomically marking the xids as committed/aborted.

Recovery via xlog should be fine.

> If you add pg_subtrans, you will need to make recovery work all over
> again...really, you don't want to be doing that, do you?
> I also have other questions....
> Forgive my lack of attention: I want SAVEPOINTs, not subtransactions...
> how do we do those? 

Savepoints are basically just a BEGIN at the save point, and a ROLLBACK
to get you back to the saved spot.  It is just window-dressing on top of
nested transactions.

> My last focus on this was to do with SQL handling of transactional
> rollback characteristics on error. PostgreSQL performs rollback on
> complete txn when error occurs, rather than allowing statement level
> abort and then retry...this was characterised as requiring "nested
> transactions"...are your aware of it on your roadmap.

Yes, that is the whole point ---  to allow individual queries to fail
without rolling back the entire transaction.

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