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Bug ID16171
PG Version12.1
Opened2019-12-18 10:28:43+00
Reported byMahadevan Ramachandran

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The following bug has been logged on the website:

Bug reference:      16171
Logged by:          Mahadevan Ramachandran
Email address:      (redacted)
PostgreSQL version: 12.1
Operating system:   any

Refer src/backend/commands/explain.c, version 12.1.

When a plan node has children, the function ExplainNode starts a JSON array
with the key "Plans" (line 1955), like so:

    "Plans": [ 

with the intention of creating an array of "Plan" objects, one for each

    "Plans": [
        { .. a child plan goes here ..},
        { .. a child plan goes here ..}

However, if the node (the current, parent one) is of a certain type (see
switch at line 1975), then ExplainMemberNodes is called, which does this
(lines 3335-6):

	if (nsubnodes < nplans)
		ExplainPropertyInteger("Subplans Removed", NULL, nplans - nsubnodes,

This can potentially cause a malformed JSON output like this:

    "Plans": [
        { .. a child plan goes here ..},
        "Subplans Removed": 5,
        { .. a child plan goes here ..}

I don't have a sample explain output that exhibits this error, this was
found while reviewing the code.


2019-12-18 10:28:43+00PG Bug reporting formBUG #16171: Potential malformed JSON in explain output
2019-12-18 15:15:29+00Daniel GustafssonRe: BUG #16171: Potential malformed JSON in explain output