Fixed display of Backward scans on explain.depesz.com

Yaroslav Schekin (ysch) reported on irc that Index Scans Backward do not display properly.

After checking I found out that if explain is in JSON/YAML/XML – node type is changed to “Index Scan" (or “Index Only Scan" if it was originally “Index Only Scan Backward").

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Starting with Pg – where/how can I set configuration parameters?

Previously I wrote about locating config files.

The thing is – postgresql.conf is not the only place you can set your configuration in.

In here, I'll describe all the places that can be used, why do we even have more than one place, and finally – how to find out where given value comes from.

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explain.depesz.com – now with JITs

Ever since PostgreSQL 11 we have JIT (Just-In-Time compilation).

Information about JIT is displayed in explain analyze plans, but up to this moment, explain.depesz.com didn't display it properly. But not anymore. Thanks to release 1.05 of Pg::Explain and subsequent change in templates for the site, you can now see nice JIT info.

Hope you'll find it useful 🙂

Starting with Pg – where is the config?

Over the years I saw some people find themselves in position where they have to start dealing with PostgreSQL with minimal, or none, prior exposure. This leads to problems with seemingly easy tasks – how to change config? How to find stuff in logs?

So I decided to write some blogposts to be able to point such people to pre-made tutorials.

And I start today, with information on how to find PostgreSQL config files.

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Waiting for PostgreSQL 14 – SEARCH and CYCLE clauses

On 1st of February 2021, Peter Eisentraut committed patch:

SEARCH and CYCLE clauses 
 
This adds the SQL standard feature that adds the SEARCH and CYCLE
clauses to recursive queries to be able to do produce breadth- or
depth-first search orders and detect cycles.  These clauses can be
rewritten into queries using existing syntax, and that is what this
patch does in the rewriter.
 
Reviewed-by: Vik Fearing <vik@postgresfriends.org>
Reviewed-by: Pavel Stehule <pavel.stehule@gmail.com>
Discussion: https://www.postgresql.org/message-id/flat/db80ceee-6f97-9b4a-8ee8-3ba0c58e5be2@2ndquadrant.com

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Waiting for PostgreSQL 14 – Add pg_stat_database counters for sessions and session time

On 17th of January 2021, Magnus Hagander committed patch:

Add pg_stat_database counters for sessions and session time
 
This add counters for number of sessions, the different kind of session
termination types, and timers for how much time is spent in active vs
idle in a database to pg_stat_database.
 
Internally this also renames the parameter "force" to disconnect. This
was the only use-case for the parameter before, so repurposing it to
this mroe narrow usecase makes things cleaner than inventing something
new.
 
Author: Laurenz Albe
Reviewed-By: Magnus Hagander, Soumyadeep Chakraborty, Masahiro Ikeda
Discussion: https://postgr.es/m/b07e1f9953701b90c66ed368656f2aef40cac4fb.camel@cybertec.at

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