"Pavan Deolasee" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> I would actually think twice before even doing this because this would
> lead to complete change in heap page structure and stop people from
> upgrading to 8.3 without a complete dump/restore. I don't remember 8.3
> introduces any other significant change which already enforces that.

Then you don't remember far enough --- either the HeapTupleHeader change
or the varvarlena change would be enough to prevent that.  For that
matter, the pd_flags header field that the patch is already relying on
is new for 8.3.

Adding an xmin field might or might not be a good solution, but to
complain about it on compatibility grounds is silly.

                        regards, tom lane

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