On Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 1:44 PM, Craig Ringer <cr...@2ndquadrant.com> wrote:
> On 10 April 2018 at 03:59, Andres Freund <and...@anarazel.de> wrote:
>> I don't think that's as hard as some people argued in this thread.  We
>> could very well open a pipe in postmaster with the write end open in
>> each subprocess, and the read end open only in checkpointer (and
>> postmaster, but unused there).  Whenever closing a file descriptor that
>> was dirtied in the current process, send it over the pipe to the
>> checkpointer. The checkpointer then can receive all those file
>> descriptors (making sure it's not above the limit, fsync(), close() ing
>> to make room if necessary).  The biggest complication would presumably
>> be to deduplicate the received filedescriptors for the same file,
>> without loosing track of any errors.
> Yep. That'd be a cheaper way to do it, though it wouldn't work on
> Windows. Though we don't know how Windows behaves here at all yet.
> Prior discussion upthread had the checkpointer open()ing a file at the
> same time as a backend, before the backend writes to it. But passing
> the fd when the backend is done with it would be better.

How would that interlock with concurrent checkpoints?

I can see how to make that work if the share-fd-or-fsync-now logic
happens in smgrwrite() when called by FlushBuffer() while you hold
io_in_progress, but not if you defer it to some random time later.

Thomas Munro

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