> No. VACUUM takes an exclusive lock at the end of the operation to
> truncate empty pages. (If it cannot get the lock then it'll just skip
> this step.) In 8.2.4 there was a bug that caused it to sleep
> according to vacuum_delay during the scan to identify possibly empty
> pages. This was fixed in 8.2.5:
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Thank you very much! This does indeed seem to be the likely
culprit. Will try to either upgrade, or if not possible in time for
the next occurance, confirm that this is what is happening based on
Thanks again for the very informative response.
/ Peter Schuller
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