disk when trying to insert a wide row into a table with a low fill-factor.
Internally fill-factor is implemented by reserving some space space on a
page. For large enough rows and small enough fill-factor bulk_multi_insert()
can't fit the row even on a new empty page, so it keeps allocating new pages
but is never able to place the row. It should always put at least one row on
an empty page.
In the excerpt below saveFreeSpace is the reserved space for the fill-factor.
while (ndone < ntuples)
* Find buffer where at least the next tuple will fit. If the page is
* all-visible, this will also pin the requisite visibility map page.
buffer = RelationGetBufferForTuple(relation, heaptuples[ndone]->t_len,
/* Put as many tuples as fit on this page */
for (nthispage = 0; ndone + nthispage < ntuples; nthispage++)
HeapTuple heaptup = heaptuples[ndone + nthispage];
if (PageGetHeapFreeSpace(page) < MAXALIGN(heaptup->t_len) + saveFreeSpace)
RelationPutHeapTuple(relation, buffer, heaptup);
...Do a bunch of dirtying and logging etc ...
This was introduced in 9.2 as part of the bulk insert speedup.
One more point, in the case where we don't insert any rows, we still do all the
dirtying and logging work even though we did not modify the page. I have tried
skip all this if no rows are added (nthispage == 0), but my access method foo
is sadly out of date, so someone should take a skeptical look at that.
A test case and patch against 9.2.2 is attached. It fixes the problem and passes
make check. Most of the diff is just indentation changes. Whoever tries this will
want to test this on a small partition by itself.
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