Picking task from queue – revisit

Some time ago, I wrote blogpost about how to pick a task from queue, without locking.

It was written in 2013, and as such it couldn't reflect everything we have now in PostgreSQL – namely SKIP LOCKED – which was added to PostgreSQL over year later.

Two people mentioned SKIP LOCKED in comments, but it was before it was committed even to git repo. But now, we have, officially released, PostgreSQL version with this mechanism, so let's see what it can do.

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Waiting for 9.5 – Implement SKIP LOCKED for row-level locks

On 7th of October, Alvaro Herrera committed patch:

Implement SKIP LOCKED for row-level locks
This clause changes the behavior of SELECT locking clauses in the
presence of locked rows: instead of causing a process to block waiting
for the locks held by other processes (or raise an error, with NOWAIT),
SKIP LOCKED makes the new reader skip over such rows.  While this is not
appropriate behavior for general purposes, there are some cases in which
it is useful, such as queue-like tables.
Catalog version bumped because this patch changes the representation of
stored rules.
Reviewed by Craig Ringer (based on a previous attempt at an
implementation by Simon Riggs, who also provided input on the syntax
used in the current patch), David Rowley, and Álvaro Herrera.
Author: Thomas Munro

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Pick a task to work on

There is new blogpost on this subject!

There are cases where system stores list of things to do, and then there are some worker processes that check the list, pick something to work on, do it, and remove from the list.

Proper solution is to use some kind of queuing system. There is even PgQ which works withing PostgreSQL, but some people are not happy with it, as it requires compilation and installation. So they just use plain selects.

Will that work OK?

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How to send mail from database?

Similar question has been asked many times on mailing lists and on IRC. Sometimes it's not mail sending, but file/directory creation, or something else that generally requires some interaction with “world outside of database".

Can it be done? Sure. How, then?

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