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[RFC] [PATCH] Flexible "partition pruning" hook

Mike Palmiotto
Greetings,

Attached is a patch which attempts to solve a few problems:

1) Filtering out partitions flexibly based on the results of an
external function call (supplied by an extension).
2) Filtering out partitions from pg_inherits based on the same function call.
3) Filtering out partitions from a partitioned table BEFORE the partition
is actually opened on-disk.

The name "partitionChildAccess_hook" comes from the fact that the
backend may not have access to a particular partition within the
partitioned table. The idea would be to silently filter out the
partition from queries to the parent table, which means also adjusting
the returned contents of find_inheritance_children based on the
external function.

I am curious how the community feels about these patches and if there
is an alternative approach to solve the above issues (perhaps
another existing hook).

Thanks for your time.

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Software Engineer
Crunchy Data Solutions
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RE: [RFC] [PATCH] Flexible "partition pruning" hook

Tsunakawa, Takayuki
From: Mike Palmiotto [mailto:[hidden email]]
> Attached is a patch which attempts to solve a few problems:
>
> 1) Filtering out partitions flexibly based on the results of an external
> function call (supplied by an extension).
> 2) Filtering out partitions from pg_inherits based on the same function
> call.
> 3) Filtering out partitions from a partitioned table BEFORE the partition
> is actually opened on-disk.

What concrete problems would you expect this patch to solve?  What kind of extensions do you imagine?  I'd like to hear about the examples.  For example, "PostgreSQL 12 will not be able to filter out enough partitions when planning/executing SELECT ... WHERE ... statement.  But an extension like this can extract just one partition early."

Would this help the following issues with PostgreSQL 12?

* UPDATE/DELETE planning takes time in proportion to the number of partitions, even when the actually accessed partition during query execution is only one.

* Making a generic plan takes prohibitably long time (IIRC, about 12 seconds when the number of partitoons is 1,000 or 8,000.)


Regards
Takayuki Tsunakawa





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Re: [RFC] [PATCH] Flexible "partition pruning" hook

Michael Paquier-2
On Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 06:55:30AM +0000, Tsunakawa, Takayuki wrote:
> What concrete problems would you expect this patch to solve?  What
> kind of extensions do you imagine?  I'd like to hear about the
> examples.  For example, "PostgreSQL 12 will not be able to filter
> out enough partitions when planning/executing SELECT ... WHERE
> ... statement.  But an extension like this can extract just one
> partition early."

Indeed.  Hooks should be defined so as their use is as generic and
possible depending on their context, particularly since there is a
planner hook..  It is also important to consider first if the existing
core code can be made better depending on the requirements, removing
the need for a hook at the end.
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Re: [RFC] [PATCH] Flexible "partition pruning" hook

Mike Palmiotto
In reply to this post by Tsunakawa, Takayuki
On Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 1:55 AM Tsunakawa, Takayuki
<[hidden email]> wrote:

>
> From: Mike Palmiotto [mailto:[hidden email]]
> > Attached is a patch which attempts to solve a few problems:
> >
> > 1) Filtering out partitions flexibly based on the results of an external
> > function call (supplied by an extension).
> > 2) Filtering out partitions from pg_inherits based on the same function
> > call.
> > 3) Filtering out partitions from a partitioned table BEFORE the partition
> > is actually opened on-disk.
>
> What concrete problems would you expect this patch to solve?  What kind of extensions do you imagine?  I'd like to hear about the examples.  For example, "PostgreSQL 12 will not be able to filter out enough partitions when planning/executing SELECT ... WHERE ... statement.  But an extension like this can extract just one partition early."

My only application of the patch thus far has been to apply an RLS
policy driven by the extension's results. For example:

CREATE TABLE test.partpar
(
  a int,
  b text DEFAULT (extension_default_bfield('test.partpar'::regclass::oid))
)  PARTITION BY LIST (extension_translate_bfield(b));

CREATE POLICY filter_select on test.partpar for SELECT
USING (extension_filter_by_bfield(b));

CREATE POLICY filter_select on test.partpar for INSERT
WITH CHECK (extension_generate_insert_bfield('test.partpar'::regclass::oid)
= b);

CREATE POLICY filter_update on test.partpar for UPDATE
USING (extension_filter_by_bfield(b))
WITH CHECK (extension_filter_by_bfield(b));

CREATE POLICY filter_delete on test.partpar for DELETE
USING (extension_filter_by_bfield(b));

The function would filter based on some external criteria relating to
the username and the contents of the b column.

The desired effect would be to have `SELECT * from test.partpar;`
return check only the partitions where username can see any row in the
table based on column b. This is applicable, for instance, when a
partition of test.partpar (say test.partpar_b2) is given a label with
`SECURITY LABEL on TABLE test.partpar_b2 IS 'foo';` which is exactly
the same as the b column for every row in said partition. Using this
hook, we can simply check the table label and kick the entire
partition out early on. This should greatly improve performance for
the case where you can enforce that the partition SECURITY LABEL and
the b column are the same.

>
> Would this help the following issues with PostgreSQL 12?
>
> * UPDATE/DELETE planning takes time in proportion to the number of partitions, even when the actually accessed partition during query execution is only one.
>
> * Making a generic plan takes prohibitably long time (IIRC, about 12 seconds when the number of partitoons is 1,000 or 8,000.)

In theory, we'd be checking fewer items (the labels of the partitions,
instead of the b column for every row), so it may indeed help with
performance in these cases.

Admittedly, I haven't looked at either of these very closely. Do you
have any specific test cases I can try out on my end to verify?
--
Mike Palmiotto
Software Engineer
Crunchy Data Solutions
https://crunchydata.com

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Re: [RFC] [PATCH] Flexible "partition pruning" hook

Mike Palmiotto
On Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 1:06 PM Mike Palmiotto
<[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> On Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 1:55 AM Tsunakawa, Takayuki
> <[hidden email]> wrote:
> >
> > From: Mike Palmiotto [mailto:[hidden email]]
> > > Attached is a patch which attempts to solve a few problems:

Updated patch attached.

> > > <snip>
> > What concrete problems would you expect this patch to solve?  What kind of extensions do you imagine?  I'd like to hear about the examples.  For example, "PostgreSQL 12 will not be able to filter out enough partitions when planning/executing SELECT ... WHERE ... statement.  But an extension like this can extract just one partition early."
>
> My only application of the patch thus far has been to apply an RLS
> policy driven by the extension's results. For example:
>
> CREATE TABLE test.partpar
> (
>   a int,
>   b text DEFAULT (extension_default_bfield('test.partpar'::regclass::oid))
> )  PARTITION BY LIST (extension_translate_bfield(b));
>
> CREATE POLICY filter_select on test.partpar for SELECT
> USING (extension_filter_by_bfield(b));
>
> CREATE POLICY filter_select on test.partpar for INSERT
> WITH CHECK (extension_generate_insert_bfield('test.partpar'::regclass::oid)
> = b);
>
> CREATE POLICY filter_update on test.partpar for UPDATE
> USING (extension_filter_by_bfield(b))
> WITH CHECK (extension_filter_by_bfield(b));
>
> CREATE POLICY filter_delete on test.partpar for DELETE
> USING (extension_filter_by_bfield(b));
>
> The function would filter based on some external criteria relating to
> the username and the contents of the b column.
>
> The desired effect would be to have `SELECT * from test.partpar;`
> return check only the partitions where username can see any row in the
> table based on column b. This is applicable, for instance, when a
> partition of test.partpar (say test.partpar_b2) is given a label with
> `SECURITY LABEL on TABLE test.partpar_b2 IS 'foo';` which is exactly
> the same as the b column for every row in said partition. Using this
> hook, we can simply check the table label and kick the entire
> partition out early on. This should greatly improve performance for
> the case where you can enforce that the partition SECURITY LABEL and
> the b column are the same.
Is this explanation suitable, or is more information required?

Thanks,
--
Mike Palmiotto
Software Engineer
Crunchy Data Solutions
https://crunchydata.com

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Re: [RFC] [PATCH] Flexible "partition pruning" hook

Peter Eisentraut-6
In reply to this post by Mike Palmiotto
On 2019-02-26 19:06, Mike Palmiotto wrote:

> The desired effect would be to have `SELECT * from test.partpar;`
> return check only the partitions where username can see any row in the
> table based on column b. This is applicable, for instance, when a
> partition of test.partpar (say test.partpar_b2) is given a label with
> `SECURITY LABEL on TABLE test.partpar_b2 IS 'foo';` which is exactly
> the same as the b column for every row in said partition. Using this
> hook, we can simply check the table label and kick the entire
> partition out early on. This should greatly improve performance for
> the case where you can enforce that the partition SECURITY LABEL and
> the b column are the same.

To rephrase this: You have a partitioned table, and you have a RLS
policy that hides certain rows, and you know based on your business
logic that under certain circumstances entire partitions will be hidden,
so they don't need to be scanned.  So you want a planner hook that would
allow you to prune those partitions manually.

That sounds pretty hackish to me.  We should give the planner and
executor the appropriate information to make these decisions, like an
additional partition constraint.  If this information is hidden in
user-defined functions in a way that cannot be reasoned about, who is
enforcing these constraints and how do we know they are actually correct?

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Re: [RFC] [PATCH] Flexible "partition pruning" hook

Mike Palmiotto
On Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 12:36 PM Peter Eisentraut
<[hidden email]> wrote:

> <snip>
> To rephrase this: You have a partitioned table, and you have a RLS
> policy that hides certain rows, and you know based on your business
> logic that under certain circumstances entire partitions will be hidden,
> so they don't need to be scanned.  So you want a planner hook that would
> allow you to prune those partitions manually.
>
> That sounds pretty hackish to me.  We should give the planner and
> executor the appropriate information to make these decisions, like an
> additional partition constraint.

Are you thinking of a partition pruning step for FuncExpr's or
something else? I was considering an implementation where FuncExpr's
were marked for execution-time pruning, but wanted to see if this
patch got any traction first.

> If this information is hidden in
> user-defined functions in a way that cannot be reasoned about, who is
> enforcing these constraints and how do we know they are actually correct?

The author of the extension which utilizes the hook would have to be
sure they use the hook correctly. This is not a new or different
concept to any other existing hook. This hook in particular would be
used by security extensions that have some understanding of the
underlying security model being implemented by RLS.

Thanks,

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Mike Palmiotto
Software Engineer
Crunchy Data Solutions
https://crunchydata.com

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Re: Re: [RFC] [PATCH] Flexible "partition pruning" hook

David Steele
Hi Peter,

On 2/28/19 10:36 PM, Mike Palmiotto wrote:

> On Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 12:36 PM Peter Eisentraut
> <[hidden email]> wrote:
>> <snip>
>> To rephrase this: You have a partitioned table, and you have a RLS
>> policy that hides certain rows, and you know based on your business
>> logic that under certain circumstances entire partitions will be hidden,
>> so they don't need to be scanned.  So you want a planner hook that would
>> allow you to prune those partitions manually.
>>
>> That sounds pretty hackish to me.  We should give the planner and
>> executor the appropriate information to make these decisions, like an
>> additional partition constraint.
>
> Are you thinking of a partition pruning step for FuncExpr's or
> something else? I was considering an implementation where FuncExpr's
> were marked for execution-time pruning, but wanted to see if this
> patch got any traction first.
>
>> If this information is hidden in
>> user-defined functions in a way that cannot be reasoned about, who is
>> enforcing these constraints and how do we know they are actually correct?
>
> The author of the extension which utilizes the hook would have to be
> sure they use the hook correctly. This is not a new or different
> concept to any other existing hook. This hook in particular would be
> used by security extensions that have some understanding of the
> underlying security model being implemented by RLS.

Thoughts on Mike's response?

Regards,
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Re: [RFC] [PATCH] Flexible "partition pruning" hook

Andres Freund
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Hi,

On 2019-02-28 13:36:32 -0500, Mike Palmiotto wrote:

> On Wed, Feb 27, 2019 at 12:36 PM Peter Eisentraut
> <[hidden email]> wrote:
> > <snip>
> > To rephrase this: You have a partitioned table, and you have a RLS
> > policy that hides certain rows, and you know based on your business
> > logic that under certain circumstances entire partitions will be hidden,
> > so they don't need to be scanned.  So you want a planner hook that would
> > allow you to prune those partitions manually.
> >
> > That sounds pretty hackish to me.  We should give the planner and
> > executor the appropriate information to make these decisions, like an
> > additional partition constraint.
>
> Are you thinking of a partition pruning step for FuncExpr's or
> something else? I was considering an implementation where FuncExpr's
> were marked for execution-time pruning, but wanted to see if this
> patch got any traction first.
>
> > If this information is hidden in
> > user-defined functions in a way that cannot be reasoned about, who is
> > enforcing these constraints and how do we know they are actually correct?
>
> The author of the extension which utilizes the hook would have to be
> sure they use the hook correctly. This is not a new or different
> concept to any other existing hook. This hook in particular would be
> used by security extensions that have some understanding of the
> underlying security model being implemented by RLS.

I noticed that the CF entry for this patch is marked as targeting
v12. Even if we had agreement on the design - which we pretty clearly
don't - I don't see that being realistic for a patch submitted a few
days before the final v12 CF. That really only should contain simple new
patches, or, obviously, patches that have been longer in development.

I've moved this to the next CF, and marked it as targeting v13.

Greetings,

Andres Freund


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Re: [RFC] [PATCH] Flexible "partition pruning" hook

Thomas Munro-5
On Sat, Apr 6, 2019 at 3:06 PM Andres Freund <[hidden email]> wrote:
> I've moved this to the next CF, and marked it as targeting v13.

Hi Mike,

Commifest 1 for PostgreSQL 13 is here.  I was just going through the
automated build results for the 'fest and noticed that your patch
causes a segfault in the regression tests (possibly due to other
changes that have been made in master since February).  You can see
the complete backtrace on the second link below, but it looks like
this is happening every time, so hopefully not hard to track down
locally.

https://ci.appveyor.com/project/postgresql-cfbot/postgresql/build/1.0.46412
https://travis-ci.org/postgresql-cfbot/postgresql/builds/555380617

Thanks,

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Re: [RFC] [PATCH] Flexible "partition pruning" hook

Mike Palmiotto
On Sun, Jul 7, 2019 at 9:46 PM Thomas Munro <[hidden email]> wrote:
On Sat, Apr 6, 2019 at 3:06 PM Andres Freund <[hidden email]> wrote:
> I've moved this to the next CF, and marked it as targeting v13.

Hi Mike,

Commifest 1 for PostgreSQL 13 is here.  I was just going through the
automated build results for the 'fest and noticed that your patch
causes a segfault in the regression tests (possibly due to other
changes that have been made in master since February).  You can see
the complete backtrace on the second link below, but it looks like
this is happening every time, so hopefully not hard to track down
locally.

https://ci.appveyor.com/project/postgresql-cfbot/postgresql/build/1.0.46412
https://travis-ci.org/postgresql-cfbot/postgresql/builds/555380617

Thanks, Thomas, I'll look into this today.

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Mike Palmiotto
Software Engineer
Crunchy Data Solutions
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Re: [RFC] [PATCH] Flexible "partition pruning" hook

Mike Palmiotto
On Mon, Jul 8, 2019 at 10:59 AM Mike Palmiotto
<[hidden email]> wrote:

>
> On Sun, Jul 7, 2019 at 9:46 PM Thomas Munro <[hidden email]> wrote:
>>
>> On Sat, Apr 6, 2019 at 3:06 PM Andres Freund <[hidden email]> wrote:
>> > I've moved this to the next CF, and marked it as targeting v13.
>>
>> Hi Mike,
>>
>> Commifest 1 for PostgreSQL 13 is here.  I was just going through the
>> automated build results for the 'fest and noticed that your patch
>> causes a segfault in the regression tests (possibly due to other
>> changes that have been made in master since February).  You can see
>> the complete backtrace on the second link below, but it looks like
>> this is happening every time, so hopefully not hard to track down
>> locally.
>>
>> https://ci.appveyor.com/project/postgresql-cfbot/postgresql/build/1.0.46412
>> https://travis-ci.org/postgresql-cfbot/postgresql/builds/555380617
Attached you will find a patch (rebased on master) that passes all
tests on my local CentOS 7 box. Thanks again for the catch!

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Software Engineer
Crunchy Data Solutions
https://crunchydata.com

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Thomas Munro-5
On Tue, Jul 9, 2019 at 3:31 PM Mike Palmiotto
<[hidden email]> wrote:
> Attached you will find a patch (rebased on master) that passes all
> tests on my local CentOS 7 box. Thanks again for the catch!

Hi Mike,

Here are some comments on superficial aspects of the patch:

+/* Custom partition child access hook. Provides further partition pruning given
+ * child OID.
+ */

Should be like:

/*
 * Multi-line comment...
 */

Why "child"?  Don't you really mean "Partition pruning hook.  Provides
custom pruning given partition OID." or something?

+typedef bool (*partitionChildAccess_hook_type) (Oid childOID);
+PGDLLIMPORT partitionChildAccess_hook_type partitionChildAccess_hook;

Hmm, I wonder if this could better evoke the job that it's doing...
partition_filter_hook?
partition_access_filter_hook?  partition_prune_hook?

+/* Macro to use partitionChildAccess_hook. Handles NULL-checking. */

It's not a macro, it's a function.

+static inline bool InvokePartitionChildAccessHook (Oid childOID)
+{
+    if (partitionChildAccess_hook && enable_partition_pruning && childOID)
+    {

Normally we write OidIsValid(childOID) rather than comparing with 0.
I wonder if you should call the variable relId?  Single line if
branches don't usually get curly braces.

+        return (*partitionChildAccess_hook) (childOID);

The syntax we usually use for calling function pointers is just
partitionChildAccess_hook(childOID).

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Mike Palmiotto
On Thu, Jul 11, 2019 at 8:49 AM Thomas Munro <[hidden email]> wrote:

> <snip>
>
> Here are some comments on superficial aspects of the patch:
>
> +/* Custom partition child access hook. Provides further partition pruning given
> + * child OID.
> + */
>
> Should be like:
>
> /*
>  * Multi-line comment...
>  */
Fixed in attached patch.

>
> Why "child"?  Don't you really mean "Partition pruning hook.  Provides
> custom pruning given partition OID." or something?
>
> +typedef bool (*partitionChildAccess_hook_type) (Oid childOID);
> +PGDLLIMPORT partitionChildAccess_hook_type partitionChildAccess_hook;
>
> Hmm, I wonder if this could better evoke the job that it's doing...
> partition_filter_hook?
> partition_access_filter_hook?  partition_prune_hook?
Ended up going with partition_prune_hook. Good call.

>
> +/* Macro to use partitionChildAccess_hook. Handles NULL-checking. */
>
> It's not a macro, it's a function.

Copy-pasta. Fixed.

>
> +static inline bool InvokePartitionChildAccessHook (Oid childOID)
> +{
> +    if (partitionChildAccess_hook && enable_partition_pruning && childOID)
> +    {
>
> Normally we write OidIsValid(childOID) rather than comparing with 0.
> I wonder if you should call the variable relId?  Single line if
> branches don't usually get curly braces.

Fixed.

>
> +        return (*partitionChildAccess_hook) (childOID);
>
> The syntax we usually use for calling function pointers is just
> partitionChildAccess_hook(childOID).

Fixed.

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Software Engineer
Crunchy Data Solutions
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Kyotaro Horiguchi-4
Hello.

I'm on Peter's side. Unlike other similar hooks, this hook is
provided just to introduce arbitrary inconsistency in partition
pruning.

# By the way, InvokePartitionPruningHook seems useless if the
# reason for it is to avoid duplicate if()'s .

Adding check constraint on children works as far as the RLSish
function is immutable. Do you have any concrete example or
picture of what you want to achieve?


By the way, while considering this, I noticed the following table
definition passes.

> create table t (id serial, a text check (a = '' or a = CURRENT_USER::text));

I don't think it is the right behavior.

> grant all on t to public;
> grant all on t_id_seq to public;
> \c postgres u1
> insert into t(a) values ('u1');
> \c postgres u2
> insert into t(a) values ('u2');
> \c postgres horiguti
> insert into t(a) values ('horiguti');

> select * from t;
>  id |    a    
> ----+----------
>   1 | u1
>   2 | u2
>   3 | horiguti

Broken... The attached patch make parser reject that but I'm not
sure how much it affects existing users.

> =# create table t (id serial, a text check (a = '' or a = CURRENT_USER::text));
> ERROR:  mutable functions are not allowed in constraint expression

regards.

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NTT Open Source Software Center

diff --git a/src/backend/parser/parse_expr.c b/src/backend/parser/parse_expr.c
index 97f535a2f0..2fd233bf18 100644
--- a/src/backend/parser/parse_expr.c
+++ b/src/backend/parser/parse_expr.c
@@ -2376,6 +2376,15 @@ transformMinMaxExpr(ParseState *pstate, MinMaxExpr *m)
 static Node *
 transformSQLValueFunction(ParseState *pstate, SQLValueFunction *svf)
 {
+ /*
+ * All SQL value functions are stable so we reject them in check
+ * constraint expressions.
+ */
+ if (pstate->p_expr_kind == EXPR_KIND_CHECK_CONSTRAINT)
+ ereport(ERROR,
+ (errcode(ERRCODE_INVALID_OBJECT_DEFINITION),
+ errmsg("mutable functions are not allowed in check constraints")));
+
  /*
  * All we need to do is insert the correct result type and (where needed)
  * validate the typmod, so we just modify the node in-place.
diff --git a/src/backend/parser/parse_func.c b/src/backend/parser/parse_func.c
index 2a44b434a5..6ea2f0326d 100644
--- a/src/backend/parser/parse_func.c
+++ b/src/backend/parser/parse_func.c
@@ -271,6 +271,13 @@ ParseFuncOrColumn(ParseState *pstate, List *funcname, List *fargs,
    &nvargs, &vatype,
    &declared_arg_types, &argdefaults);
 
+ /* mutable functions are not allowed in constraint expressions */
+ if (pstate->p_expr_kind == EXPR_KIND_CHECK_CONSTRAINT &&
+ func_volatile(funcid) != PROVOLATILE_IMMUTABLE)
+ ereport(ERROR,
+ (errcode(ERRCODE_INVALID_OBJECT_DEFINITION),
+ errmsg("mutable functions are not allowed in constraint expression")));
+
  cancel_parser_errposition_callback(&pcbstate);
 
  /*
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Re: [RFC] [PATCH] Flexible "partition pruning" hook

Amit Langote
Sorry for jumping into this thread pretty late.  I have read the
messages on this thread a couple of times and...

On Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 3:05 PM Kyotaro Horiguchi
<[hidden email]> wrote:
> I'm on Peter's side. Unlike other similar hooks, this hook is
> provided just to introduce arbitrary inconsistency in partition
> pruning.

...I have questions about the patch as proposed, such as what Peter
and Horiguchi-san might.

Why does this hook need to be specific to partitioning, that is, why
is this a "partition pruning" hook? IOW, why does the functionality of
this hook apply only to partitions as opposed to *any* table?  I may
be missing something, but the two things -- a table's partition
constraint and security properties (or any properties that the
proposed hook's suppliers will provide) -- seem unrelated, so making
this specific to partitioning seems odd.  If this was proposed as
applying to any table, then it might be easier to choose the point
from which hook will be called and there will be fewer such points to
consider.  Needless to say, since the planner sees partitions as
tables, the partitioning case will be covered too.

Looking at the patch, it seems that the hook will be called *after*
opening the partition (provided it survived partition pruning); I'm
looking at this hunk:

@@ -1038,6 +1038,13 @@ set_append_rel_size(PlannerInfo *root, RelOptInfo *rel,
  continue;
  }

+ if (!InvokePartitionPruneHook(childRTE->relid))
+ {
+ /* Implement custom partition pruning filter*/
+ set_dummy_rel_pathlist(childrel);
+ continue;
+ }

set_append_rel_size() is called *after* partitions are opened and
their RelOptInfos formed.  So it's not following the design you
intended whereby the hook will avoid uselessly opening partition
files.

Also, I suspect you don't want to call the hook from here:

@@ -92,6 +93,10 @@ find_inheritance_children(Oid parentrelId, LOCKMODE lockmode)
  while ((inheritsTuple = systable_getnext(scan)) != NULL)
  {
  inhrelid = ((Form_pg_inherits) GETSTRUCT(inheritsTuple))->inhrelid;
+
+ if (!InvokePartitionPruneHook(inhrelid))
+ continue;
+

...as you might see unintended consequences, because
find_inheritance_children() is called from many places that wouldn't
want arbitrary extension code to drop some children from the list. For
example, it is called when adding a column to a parent table to find
the children that will need to get the same column added.  You
wouldn't want some children getting the column added while others not.

Thanks,
Amit


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Re: [RFC] [PATCH] Flexible "partition pruning" hook

Mike Palmiotto
On Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 4:25 AM Amit Langote <[hidden email]> wrote:

>
> Sorry for jumping into this thread pretty late.  I have read the
> messages on this thread a couple of times and...
>
> On Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 3:05 PM Kyotaro Horiguchi
> <[hidden email]> wrote:
> > I'm on Peter's side. Unlike other similar hooks, this hook is
> > provided just to introduce arbitrary inconsistency in partition
> > pruning.
>
> ...I have questions about the patch as proposed, such as what Peter
> and Horiguchi-san might.

Thank you for taking a look at this. I need a bit of time to research
and affirm my previous assumptions, but will address all of these
points as soon as I can.

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Mike Palmiotto
Software Engineer
Crunchy Data Solutions
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