Waiting for PostgreSQL 14 – Add support for partitioned tables and indexes in REINDEX

On 8th of September 2020, Michael Paquier committed patch:

Add support for partitioned tables and indexes in REINDEX
 
Until now, REINDEX was not able to work with partitioned tables and
indexes, forcing users to reindex partitions one by one.  This extends
REINDEX INDEX and REINDEX TABLE so as they can accept a partitioned
index and table in input, respectively, to reindex all the partitions
assigned to them with physical storage (foreign tables, partitioned
tables and indexes are then discarded).
 
This shares some logic with schema and database REINDEX as each
partition gets processed in its own transaction after building a list of
relations to work on.  This choice has the advantage to minimize the
number of invalid indexes to one partition with REINDEX CONCURRENTLY in
the event a cancellation or failure in-flight, as the only indexes
handled at once in a single REINDEX CONCURRENTLY loop are the ones from
the partition being working on.
 
Isolation tests are added to emulate some cases I bumped into while
developing this feature, particularly with the concurrent drop of a
leaf partition reindexed.  However, this is rather limited as LOCK would
cause REINDEX to block in the first transaction building the list of
partitions.
 
Per its multi-transaction nature, this new flavor cannot run in a
transaction block, similarly to REINDEX SCHEMA, SYSTEM and DATABASE.
 
Author: Justin Pryzby, Michael Paquier
Reviewed-by: Anastasia Lubennikova
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Waiting for PostgreSQL 14 – Improvements for handling large number of connections

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There is a thread on pgsql-hackers mailing list, dating back to 1st of March 2020 about changes to Pg to optimize handling of larger number of connections.

The thread is pretty long, and the discussion took 5 months, but lately we got couple of commits:

  1. snapshot scalability: Don't compute global horizons while building snapshots.
  2. snapshot scalability: Move PGXACT->xmin back to PGPROC.
  3. snapshot scalability: Move PGXACT->vacuumFlags to ProcGlobal->vacuumFlags.
  4. snapshot scalability: Move subxact info to ProcGlobal, remove PGXACT.
  5. snapshot scalability: Introduce dense array of in-progress xids.
  6. snapshot scalability: cache snapshots using a xact completion counter.
  7. Fix race condition in snapshot caching when 2PC is used.

that (supposedly) should improve handling of large numbers of concurrent connections.

Unfortunately, I don't have ready test servers that would allow me to sensibly tests thousands of connections, but I think we can all safely assume that PostgreSQL 14 should handle large connection counts better than any PostgreSQL before. Thanks a lot, to all involved, but specifically to mastermind of this project: Andres Freund.

Waiting for PostgreSQL 14 – pg_stat_statements: track number of rows processed by some utility commands.

Title: Waiting for PostgreSQL 14 – pg_stat_statements: track number of rows processed by some utility commands.

On 29th of July 2020, Fujii Masao committed patch:

pg_stat_statements: track number of rows processed by some utility commands.
 
This commit makes pg_stat_statements track the total number
of rows retrieved or affected by CREATE TABLE AS, SELECT INTO,
CREATE MATERIALIZED VIEW and FETCH commands.
 
Suggested-by: Pascal Legrand
Author: Fujii Masao
Reviewed-by: Asif Rehman
Discussion: https://postgr.es/m/1584293755198-0.post@n3.nabble.com

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Waiting for PostgreSQL 14 – Rename wal_keep_segments to wal_keep_size.

On 20th of July 2020, Fujii Masao committed patch:

Rename wal_keep_segments to wal_keep_size.
 
max_slot_wal_keep_size that was added in v13 and wal_keep_segments are
the GUC parameters to specify how much WAL files to retain for
the standby servers. While max_slot_wal_keep_size accepts the number of
bytes of WAL files, wal_keep_segments accepts the number of WAL files.
This difference of setting units between those similar parameters could
be confusing to users.
 
To alleviate this situation, this commit renames wal_keep_segments to
wal_keep_size, and make users specify the WAL size in it instead of
the number of WAL files.
 
There was also the idea to rename max_slot_wal_keep_size to
max_slot_wal_keep_segments, in the discussion. But we have been moving
away from measuring in segments, for example, checkpoint_segments was
replaced by max_wal_size. So we concluded to rename wal_keep_segments
to wal_keep_size.
 
Back-patch to v13 where max_slot_wal_keep_size was added.
 
Author: Fujii Masao
Reviewed-by: Álvaro Herrera, Kyotaro Horiguchi, David Steele
Discussion: https://postgr.es/m/574b4ea3-e0f9-b175-ead2-ebea7faea855@oss.nttdata.com

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Waiting for PostgreSQL 13 – Add logical replication support to replicate into partitioned tables

On 6th of April 2020, Peter Eisentraut committed patch:

Add logical replication support to replicate into partitioned tables 
 
Mainly, this adds support code in logical/worker.c for applying
replicated operations whose target is a partitioned table to its
relevant partitions.
 
Author: Amit Langote <amitlangote09@gmail.com>
Reviewed-by: Rafia Sabih <rafia.pghackers@gmail.com>
Reviewed-by: Peter Eisentraut <peter.eisentraut@2ndquadrant.com>
Reviewed-by: Petr Jelinek <petr@2ndquadrant.com>
Discussion: https://www.postgresql.org/message-id/flat/CA+HiwqH=Y85vRK3mOdjEkqFK+E=ST=eQiHdpj43L=_eJMOOznQ@mail.gmail.com

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Waiting for PostgreSQL 13 – Add the option to report WAL usage in EXPLAIN and auto_explain.

On 6th of April 2020, Amit Kapila committed patch:

Add the option to report WAL usage in EXPLAIN and auto_explain.
 
This commit adds a new option WAL similar to existing option BUFFERS in the
EXPLAIN command.  This option allows to include information on WAL record
generation added by commit df3b181499 in EXPLAIN output.
 
This also allows the WAL usage information to be displayed via
the auto_explain module.  A new parameter auto_explain.log_wal controls
whether WAL usage statistics are printed when an execution plan is logged.
This parameter has no effect unless auto_explain.log_analyze is enabled.
 
Author: Julien Rouhaud
Reviewed-by: Dilip Kumar and Amit Kapila
Discussion: https://postgr.es/m/CAB-hujrP8ZfUkvL5OYETipQwA=e3n7oqHFU=4ZLxWS_Cza3kQQ@mail.gmail.com

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Waiting for PostgreSQL 13 – Allow pg_stat_statements to track planning statistics.

On 2nd of April 2020, Fujii Masao committed patch:

Allow pg_stat_statements to track planning statistics.
 
This commit makes pg_stat_statements support new GUC
pg_stat_statements.track_planning. If this option is enabled,
pg_stat_statements tracks the planning statistics of the statements,
e.g., the number of times the statement was planned, the total time
spent planning the statement, etc. This feature is useful to check
the statements that it takes a long time to plan. Previously since
pg_stat_statements tracked only the execution statistics, we could
not use that for the purpose.
 
The planning and execution statistics are stored at the end of
each phase separately. So there are not always one-to-one relationship
between them. For example, if the statement is successfully planned
but fails in the execution phase, only its planning statistics are stored.
This may cause the users to be able to see different pg_stat_statements
results from the previous version. To avoid this,
pg_stat_statements.track_planning needs to be disabled.
 
This commit bumps the version of pg_stat_statements to 1.8
since it changes the definition of pg_stat_statements function.
 
Author: Julien Rouhaud, Pascal Legrand, Thomas Munro, Fujii Masao
Reviewed-by: Sergei Kornilov, Tomas Vondra, Yoshikazu Imai, Haribabu Kommi, Tom Lane
Discussion: https://postgr.es/m/CAHGQGwFx_=DO-Gu-MfPW3VQ4qC7TfVdH2zHmvZfrGv6fQ3D-Tw@mail.gmail.com
Discussion: https://postgr.es/m/CAEepm=0e59Y_6Q_YXYCTHZkqOc6H2pJ54C_Xe=VFu50Aqqp_sA@mail.gmail.com
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Waiting for PostgreSQL 13 – Enable BEFORE row-level triggers for partitioned tables

On 18th of March 2020, Alvaro Herrera committed patch:

Enable BEFORE row-level triggers for partitioned tables
 
... with the limitation that the tuple must remain in the same
partition.
 
Reviewed-by: Ashutosh Bapat
Discussion: https://postgr.es/m/20200227165158.GA2071@alvherre.pgsql

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Waiting for PostgreSQL 13 – Allow vacuum command to process indexes in parallel.

On 20th of January 2020, Amit Kapila committed patch:

Allow vacuum command to process indexes in parallel.
 
This feature allows the vacuum to leverage multiple CPUs in order to
process indexes.  This enables us to perform index vacuuming and index
cleanup with background workers.  This adds a PARALLEL option to VACUUM
command where the user can specify the number of workers that can be used
to perform the command which is limited by the number of indexes on a
table.  Specifying zero as a number of workers will disable parallelism.
This option can't be used with the FULL option.
 
Each index is processed by at most one vacuum process.  Therefore parallel
vacuum can be used when the table has at least two indexes.
 
The parallel degree is either specified by the user or determined based on
the number of indexes that the table has, and further limited by
max_parallel_maintenance_workers.  The index can participate in parallel
vacuum iff it's size is greater than min_parallel_index_scan_size.
 
Author: Masahiko Sawada and Amit Kapila
 
Mahendra Singh and Sergei Kornilov
 
Discussion:
https://postgr.es/m/CAD21AoDTPMgzSkV4E3SFo1CH_x50bf5PqZFQf4jmqjk-C03BWg@mail.gmail.com
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Waiting for PostgreSQL 13 – ALTER TABLE … ALTER COLUMN … DROP EXPRESSION

Title: Waiting for PostgreSQL 13 – ALTER TABLE … ALTER COLUMN … DROP EXPRESSION

On 14th of January 2020, Peter Eisentraut committed patch:

ALTER TABLE ... ALTER COLUMN ... DROP EXPRESSION 
 
Add an ALTER TABLE subcommand for dropping the generated property from
a column, per SQL standard.
 
Discussion: https://www.postgresql.org/message-id/flat/-946e-0453-d841-%402ndquadrant.com

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