E.3. Release 12.3
Release date: 2020-05-14
This release contains a variety of fixes from 12.2. For information about new features in major release 12, see Section E.6.
E.3.1. Migration to Version 12.3
A dump/restore is not required for those running 12.X.
However, if you are upgrading from a version earlier than 12.2, see Section E.4.
Fix possible failure with
GENERATEDcolumns (David Rowley)
GENERATEDcolumn's value is an exact copy of another column of the table (and it is a pass-by-reference data type), it was possible to crash or insert corrupted data into the table. While it would be rather pointless for a
GENERATEDexpression to just duplicate another column, an expression using a function that sometimes returns its input unchanged could create the situation.
Handle inheritance of generated columns better (Peter Eisentraut)
When a table column is inherited during
CREATE TABLE ... INHERITS, disallow changing any generation properties when the parent column is already marked
GENERATED; but allow a child column to be marked
GENERATEDwhen its parent is not.
Fix cross-column references in
CREATE TABLE LIKE INCLUDING GENERATED(Peter Eisentraut)
CREATE TABLE ... LIKEfailed when trying to copy a
GENERATEDexpression that references a physically-later column.
ALTER TABLE ... SET STORAGEto indexes (Peter Eisentraut)
Non-expression index columns have always copied the
attstorageproperty of their table column at creation. Update them when
ALTER TABLE ... SET STORAGEis done, to maintain consistency.
indisclusteredsetting of indexes rewritten by
ALTER TABLE(Amit Langote, Justin Pryzby)
ALTER TABLElost track of which index had been used for
Preserve the replica identity properties of indexes rewritten by
ALTER TABLE(Quan Zongliang, Peter Eisentraut)
indisclusteredsetting of indexes rebuilt by
REINDEX CONCURRENTLY(Justin Pryzby)
Lock objects sooner during
DROP OWNED BY(Álvaro Herrera)
This avoids failures in race-condition cases where another session is deleting some of the same objects.
Fix error-case processing for
CREATE ROLE ... IN ROLE(Andrew Gierth)
Some error cases would be reported as “unexpected node type” or the like, instead of the intended message.
Ensure that when a partition is detached, any triggers cloned from its formerly-parent table are removed (Justin Pryzby)
Fix crash when
COLLATEis applied to a non-collatable type in a partition bound expression (Dmitry Dolgov)
Ensure that unique indexes over partitioned tables match the equality semantics of the partitioning key (Guancheng Luo)
This would only be an issue with index opclasses that have unusual notions of equality, but it's wrong in theory, so check.
Ensure that members of the
pg_read_all_statsrole can read all statistics views, as expected (Magnus Hagander)
The functions underlying the
pg_stat_progress_*views had not gotten this memo.
Repair performance regression in
triggersview (Tom Lane)
This patch redefines that view so that an outer
WHEREclause constraining the table name can be pushed down into the view, allowing its calculations to be done only for triggers belonging to the table of interest rather than all triggers in the database. In a database with many triggers this would make a significant speed difference for queries of that form. Since things worked that way before v11, this is a potential performance regression. Users who find this to be a problem can fix it by replacing the view definition (or, perhaps, just deleting and reinstalling the whole
Repair performance regression in floating point overflow/underflow detection (Emre Hasegeli)
Previous refactoring had resulted in
isinf()being called extra times in some hot code paths.
Fix full text search to handle NOT above a phrase search correctly (Tom Lane)
Queries such as
!(foo<->bar)failed to find matching rows when implemented as a GiST or GIN index search.
Fix full text search for cases where a phrase search includes an item with both prefix matching and a weight restriction (Tom Lane)
ts_headline()to make better headline selections when working with phrase queries (Tom Lane)
Fix bugs in
gin_fuzzy_search_limitprocessing (Adé Heyward, Tom Lane)
A small value of
gin_fuzzy_search_limitcould result in unexpected slowness due to unintentionally rescanning the same index page many times. Another code path failed to apply the intended filtering at all, possibly returning too many values.
Allow input of type
circleto accept the format “
(” as the documentation says it does (David Zhang)
set_bit()functions cope with
byteastrings longer than 256MB (Movead Li)
Since the bit number argument is only
int4, it's impossible to use these functions to access bits beyond the first 256MB of a long
bytea. We'll widen the argument to
int8in v13, but in the meantime, allow these functions to work on the initial substring of a long
Ignore file-not-found errors in
pg_ls_waldir()and allied functions (Tom Lane)
This prevents a race condition failure if a file is removed between when we see its directory entry and when we attempt to
Avoid possibly leaking an open-file descriptor for a directory in
pg_tablespace_databases(), and allied functions (Justin Pryzby)
Fix polymorphic-function type resolution to correctly infer the actual type of an
anyarrayoutput when given only an
anyrangeinput (Tom Lane)
Fix server's connection-startup logic for case where a GSSAPI connection is rejected because support is not compiled in, and the client then tries SSL instead (Andrew Gierth)
This led to a bogus “unsupported frontend protocol” failure.
Fix memory leakage during GSSAPI encryption (Tom Lane)
Both the backend and libpq would leak memory equivalent to the total amount of data sent during the session, if GSSAPI encryption is in use.
Fix query-lifespan memory leak for a set-returning function used in a query's
FROMclause (Andres Freund)
Avoid leakage of a hashed subplan's hash tables across multiple executions (Andreas Karlsson, Tom Lane)
This mistake could result in severe memory bloat if a query re-executed a hashed subplan enough times.
Improve planner's handling of no-op domain coercions (Tom Lane)
Fix some cases where a domain coercion that does nothing was not completely removed from expressions.
Avoid unlikely crash when
REINDEXis terminated by a session-shutdown signal (Tom Lane)
Prevent printout of possibly-incorrect hash join table statistics in
EXPLAIN(Konstantin Knizhnik, Tom Lane, Thomas Munro)
Fix reporting of elapsed time for heap truncation steps in
VACUUM VERBOSE(Tatsuhito Kasahara)
Fix possible undercounting of deleted B-tree index pages in
VACUUM VERBOSEoutput (Peter Geoghegan)
Fix wrong bookkeeping for oldest deleted page in a B-tree index (Peter Geoghegan)
This could cause subtly wrong decisions about when
VACUUMcan skip an index cleanup scan; although it appears there may be no significant user-visible effects from that.
Ensure that TimelineHistoryRead and TimelineHistoryWrite wait states are reported in all code paths that read or write timeline history files (Masahiro Ikeda)
Avoid possibly showing “waiting” twice in a process's PS status (Masahiko Sawada)
Avoid race condition when
ANALYZEreplaces the catalog tuple for extended statistics data (Dean Rasheed)
Remove ill-considered skip of “redundant” anti-wraparound vacuums (Michael Paquier)
This avoids a corner case where autovacuum could get into a loop of repeatedly trying and then skipping the same vacuum job.
Ensure INCLUDE'd columns are always removed from B-tree pivot tuples (Peter Geoghegan)
This mistake wasted space in some rare cases, but was otherwise harmless.
Cope with invalid TOAST indexes that could be left over after a failed
REINDEX CONCURRENTLY(Julien Rouhaud)
Ensure that valid index dependencies are left behind after a failed
REINDEX CONCURRENTLY(Michael Paquier)
Previously the old index could be left with no
pg_dependlinks at all, so that for example it would not get dropped if the parent table is dropped.
Avoid failure if autovacuum tries to access a just-dropped temporary schema (Tom Lane)
This hazard only arises if a superuser manually drops a temporary schema; which isn't normal practice, but should work.
Avoid premature recycling of WAL segments during crash recovery (Jehan-Guillaume de Rorthais)
WAL segments that become ready to be archived during crash recovery were potentially recycled without being archived.
Avoid scanning irrelevant timelines during archive recovery (Kyotaro Horiguchi)
This can eliminate many attempts to fetch non-existent WAL files from archive storage, which is helpful if archive access is slow.
Remove bogus “subtransaction logged without previous top-level txn record” error check in logical decoding (Arseny Sher, Amit Kapila)
This condition is legitimately reachable in various scenarios, so remove the check.
Avoid possible failure after a replication slot copy, due to premature removal of WAL data (Masahiko Sawada, Arseny Sher)
Ensure that a replication slot's
io_in_progress_lockis released in failure code paths (Pavan Deolasee)
This could result in a walsender later becoming stuck waiting for the lock.
Ensure that generated columns are correctly handled during updates issued by logical replication (Peter Eisentraut)
Fix race conditions in synchronous standby management (Tom Lane)
During a change in the
synchronous_standby_namessetting, there was a window in which wrong decisions could be made about whether it is OK to release transactions that are waiting for synchronous commit. Another hazard for similarly wrong decisions existed if a walsender process exited and was immediately replaced by another.
Add missing SQLSTATE values to a few error reports (Sawada Masahiko)
Fix PL/pgSQL to reliably refuse to execute an event trigger function as a plain function (Tom Lane)
Fix memory leak in libpq when using
Certificate verification during connection startup could leak some memory. This would become an issue if a client process opened many database connections during its lifetime.
Fix ecpg to treat an argument of just “
-” as meaning “read from stdin” on all platforms (Tom Lane)
Fix crash in psql when attempting to re-establish a failed connection (Michael Paquier)
Allow tab-completion of the filename argument to psql's
\gxcommand (Vik Fearing)
Add pg_dump support for
ALTER ... DEPENDS ON EXTENSION(Álvaro Herrera)
pg_dump previously ignored dependencies added this way, causing them to be forgotten during dump/restore or pg_upgrade.
Fix pg_dump to dump comments on RLS policy objects (Tom Lane)
In pg_dump, postpone restore of event triggers till the end (Fabrízio de Royes Mello, Hamid Akhtar, Tom Lane)
This minimizes the risk that an event trigger could interfere with the restoration of other objects.
Ensure that pg_basebackup generates valid tar files (Robert Haas)
In some cases a partial block of zeroes would be added to the end of the file. While this seems to be harmless with common versions of tar, it's not OK per the POSIX file format spec.
Make pg_checksums skip tablespace subdirectories that belong to a different PostgreSQL major version (Michael Banck, Bernd Helmle)
Such subdirectories don't really belong to our database cluster, and so must not be processed.
Ignore temporary copies of
pg_internal.initin pg_checksums and related programs (Michael Paquier)
Fix quoting of
--lc-collatevalues in createdb utility (Michael Paquier)
lo_manage()function crashed if called directly rather than as a trigger (Tom Lane)
contrib/ltree, protect against overflow of
lquerylength fields (Nikita Glukhov)
Work around failure in
bt_metap()function when an oldest_xact value exceeds 2^31-1 (Peter Geoghegan)
Such XIDs will now be reported as negative integers, which isn't great but it beats throwing an error. v13 will widen the output argument to
int8to provide saner reporting.
Fix cache reference leak in
On Windows, avoid premature creation of postmaster's log file during
pg_ctl start(Alexander Lakhin)
The previous coding could allow the file to be created with permissions that wouldn't allow the postmaster to write on it.
Avoid failures when dealing with Unix-style locale names on Windows (Juan José Santamaría Flecha)
On Windows, set console VT100 compatibility mode in programs that support
PG_COLORcolorization (Juan José Santamaría Flecha)
Without this, the colorization option doesn't actually work.
Stop requiring extra parentheses in
ereport()calls (Andres Freund, Tom Lane)
Use pkg-config, if available, to locate libxml2 during configure (Hugh McMaster, Tom Lane, Peter Eisentraut)
If pkg-config is not present or lacks knowledge of libxml2, we still query xml2-config as before.
This change could break build processes that try to make PostgreSQL use a non-default version of libxml2 by putting that version's xml2-config into the
PATH. Instead, set
XML2_CONFIGto point to the non-default xml2-config. That method will work with either older or newer PostgreSQL releases.
Fix Makefile dependencies for libpq and ecpg (Dagfinn Ilmari Mannsåker)
In MSVC builds, cope with spaces in the path name for Python (Victor Wagner)
In MSVC builds, fix detection of Visual Studio version to work with more language settings (Andrew Dunstan)
In MSVC builds, use
-Wno-deprecatedwith bison versions newer than 3.0, as non-Windows builds already do (Andrew Dunstan)
Update time zone data files to tzdata release 2020a for DST law changes in Morocco and the Canadian Yukon, plus historical corrections for Shanghai.
The America/Godthab zone has been renamed to America/Nuuk to reflect current English usage; however, the old name remains available as a compatibility link.
Also, update initdb's list of known Windows time zone names to include recent additions, improving the odds that it will correctly translate the system time zone setting on that platform.