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Are large objects supported in PostgreSQL 10 logical replication?

Another interesting topic that popped up last week during pgconfeu: Are large objects supported with logical replication in PostgreSQL 10? The only truth is a test, isn’t it? Lets go…

Obviously we need a table containing same large objects to start with:

postgres=# create table t1 ( a int, b oid);
CREATE TABLE

Before inserting some data lets create a publication for that table right now:

postgres=# create publication my_pub for table t1;
CREATE PUBLICATION

Ok, that works. Now we need a subscription for that, so on a second instance:

postgres=# create table t1 ( a int, b oid);
CREATE TABLE
postgres=# create subscription my_sub connection 'host=localhost port=6000 dbname=postgres user=postgres' publication my_pub;
CREATE SUBSCRIPTION

So far, so good. Lets insert some data on the publishing instance and see what happens:

postgres=# \! which cp
/usr/bin/cp
postgres=# insert into t1 (a,b) values (1, lo_import('/usr/bin/cp'));
INSERT 0 1

That worked. What do we see on the subscription side?

postgres=# select * from t1;
 a |   b   
---+-------
 1 | 16418
(1 row)

postgres=# select * from pg_size_pretty ( pg_relation_size ( 't1' ) );
 pg_size_pretty 
----------------
 8192 bytes
(1 row)

So, at least “something” is there. Lets prove it:

postgres=# select lo_export(b,'/tmp/cp') from t1;
ERROR:  large object 16418 does not exist
postgres=# 

Hm, this is not what was expected, right? Doing the same on the publishing side works:

postgres=# select lo_export(b,'/tmp/cp') from t1;
 lo_export 
-----------
         1
(1 row)

postgres=# \! chmod +x /tmp/cp
postgres=# \! /tmp/cp --help | head -1
Usage: /tmp/cp [OPTION]... [-T] SOURCE DEST

This means the OID is replicated but not the large object itself. So the answer is: No, large objects can not be used with PostgreSQL 10 logical replication.

 

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Daniel Westermann
Daniel Westermann

Senior Consultant and Technology Leader Open Infrastructure