On Wed, 2009-07-22 at 01:21 +0000, Tom Lane wrote:

Tweak TOAST code so that columns marked with MAIN storage strategy are
not forced out-of-line unless that is necessary to make the row fit on a
page. Previously, they were forced out-of-line if needed to get the row
down to the default target size (1/4th page).
A comment from Selena made me notice this patch from last year.

I notice that this patch might result in longer rows in the heap, which
in many cases is good. For updates, it can result in a row too large to
fit on the current block and for us to move block to one in which it
will fit.

Not commenting further on that patch, but I notice that when we UPDATE
the toasting algorithm takes no account of the available freespace on
the current block. If we are updating and the space available would make
a difference to the row length chosen, it seems like it would be more
beneficial to trim the row and encourage HOT updates.

Simon Riggs www.2ndQuadrant.com

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