How to diagnose and fix the HV009 fdw_invalid_use_of_null_pointer error code in Postgres. 

The HV009 error code in PostgreSQL is associated with an fdw_invalid_use_of_null_pointer error. This error typically indicates that a Foreign Data Wrapper (FDW) function is trying to access or dereference a NULL pointer, which is an invalid operation in C and similar programming languages. This could be due to a bug in the FDW, incorrect handling of NULL values in the FDW code, or an issue with the data being passed to or from the foreign server.

To diagnose and fix an HV009 error, you should consider the following steps:

  1. Review FDW Source Code (if accessible):
    If you have access to the source code of the FDW, look for places where pointers are used. Check for proper NULL checks before dereferencing pointers to avoid invalid memory access.
   // Example C code snippet for checking a pointer before dereferencing
   if (pointer != NULL) {
       // Safe to dereference pointer
   } else {
       // Handle NULL pointer scenario
  1. Check for FDW Updates:
    If you’re using a third-party FDW, check if there are any updates or patches available that might fix the issue. An update could contain bug fixes for issues like improper NULL pointer handling.
  2. Review Data Handling in Queries:
    Ensure that your SQL queries account for NULL values appropriately and that you’re not unintentionally passing NULL values where they are not expected by the FDW.
   -- Example SQL query handling NULL values
   SELECT COALESCE(column_name, 'default_value') FROM foreign_table;
  1. Check for NULL Values in Foreign Data:
    Verify the data on the foreign server to ensure there are no unexpected NULL values that might be causing the FDW to trigger a NULL pointer error.
  2. Review FDW Configuration:
    Examine the configuration of your foreign server, user mappings, and foreign table definitions to ensure they are set up correctly. Incorrect configuration might lead to scenarios where NULL pointers are encountered.
   -- Example of checking foreign server configuration
   SELECT srvname, srvoptions FROM pg_foreign_server;
  1. Consult FDW Documentation:
    Review the documentation for the specific FDW you are using to see if there are any known issues or special considerations regarding NULL values or pointer usage.
  2. Enable Debugging:
    If possible, enable detailed logging or debugging for the FDW to get more information about when and where the NULL pointer is being used.
  3. Report a Bug:
    If you suspect a bug in the FDW, consider reporting it to the maintainers or community supporting the FDW. Provide detailed information about your setup, the operations that lead to the error, and any logs or debugging information you have.
  4. Consult PostgreSQL Logs:
    Review the PostgreSQL logs for additional error messages or stack traces that can help pinpoint the source of the problem.
   # Example of checking the PostgreSQL log file
   tail -f /path/to/your/postgresql/log/file.log
  1. Seek Professional Support:
    If you’re unable to resolve the issue on your own, consider seeking professional support from PostgreSQL experts or the maintainers of the FDW.

Remember to replace placeholders like column_name, foreign_table, default_value, etc., with your actual configuration values. If you continue to experience difficulties, you may need to consult the PostgreSQL Error Codes documentation for further guidance.

Leave a Comment