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There are good reasons to prevent gaps. One is that otherwise there is a security lookhole - an attacker can force your sequence to hit the limit over time if you allow gaps creating denial of service. The limit depends on the size of the integer, so is not so accessible for bigint, but I use sequences even on smallint PKs for some cases where I don't even want the number of values to exceed a low ceiling. It just isn't good maintainability thinking to let gaps multiply like rabbits if one expects a lot of activity with users allowed to delete, insert and maintain records. For clustered indexes it will ultimately have exactly the same effect has fragmented blocks on a disk.

In regard to why this prompts an ORM, looks like from posts I wasn't clear in the OP... The moment I have to consider using SQL for dealing with something across multiple tables (pks have fks in other tables), embedded in my Perl, is the moment where I need an ORM. It has nothing to do with the particular issue of keys, it is just that if not this requirement that another requirement is bound to come along that prompts awkward-maintenance use of embedded SQL best factorised into an ORM instead.

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