[ dept of further thoughts ]
>> 4. VACUUM has to recompute datminxid to be the oldest non-frozen
>> relminxid in the database (but not more than transaction xmin, to cover
>> case where someone else is creating a table concurrently).
Strictly speaking, VACUUM could never set datminxid = FrozenXid given
the above rule --- and this is correct, because someone else could be
creating a new table or unfreezing an existing table concurrently with
the VACUUM. However, we'd really like to set datminxid = FrozenXid for
template0, because otherwise we can't write any sort of hardline
guarantee that we know the database system is safe against wraparound.
I see a workaround though: it *is* OK for VACUUM FREEZE to set datminxid
= FrozenXid if (1) it's been able to freeze all the tables and (2) it's
running in a standalone backend. This rule would let us freeze
template0 during initdb.
There's still a question of where/when to worry about marking a database
unfrozen. Perhaps a suitably cheap, conservative approximation would be
to cause any new connection to a frozen database to immediately mark it
unfrozen in pg_database. (I'm not sure if this works conveniently for
initdb's processing though --- we might want to fudge a bit depending on
whether we're running standalone.)
regards, tom lane
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