Tom Lane wrote:
Manfred Koizar <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:

Yes, the visible-to-all flag would be set as a by-product of an index scan, if the heap tuple is found to be visible to all active transactions. This update is non-critical

Oh really? I think you need to think harder about the transition conditions.

Dead-to-all is reasonably safe to treat as a hint bit because *it does
not ever need to be undone*.  Visible-to-all does not have that

Yes, really :-)

When a tuple is inserted the visible-to-all flag is set to false. The effect of this is that every index scan that finds this tuple has to visit the heap to verify visibility. If it turns out the tuple is not only visible to the current transaction, but to all current transactions, the visible-to-all flag can be set to true.
This is non-critical, because if it is set to false scans will not miss the tuple, they will just visit the heap to verify visibility.

The moment the heap tuple is updated/deleted the visible-to-all flag needs to be set to false again in all indexes. This is critical, and the I/O and (dead)lock costs of unsetting the visible-to-all flag are unknown and might be big enough to ofset any advantage on the selects.

But I believe that for applications with a "load, select, drop" usage pattern (warehouses, archives etc.) having this visible-to-all flag would be a clear winner.


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