My customer has experienced a serious data corruption.
He was using a posgresql version 8.0.3
I know that it is an old version.
Postgresql started to log "could not access status of transaction"
messages. Since the transaction IDs were far away from what
server was using I took a look at data files i pgsql/base/ and I found
a total garbage there.
In five tables (of about 100) I have found a one to four blocks of random data.
In two places it was data from other table instead of random data.
All these blocks have sizes which are multiplications of 512 (for
example 1, 9, 26) and
starts at offsets which are also a multiplication of 512.
The database is small <1G and there are no deletes or updates to
just inserts and selects. The database was vacuumed about 3 months
before the time
the corruption has been noticed. The system is linux 2.4.31 filesystem
XFS on RAID5
And there are no messages sugesting I/O error or something
My question is: Is there any known bug in postgresql 8.0.3 that
could lead to such a data corruption or is it rather a hardware problem?
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