On 10 April 2018 at 08:41, Andreas Karlsson <andr...@proxel.se> wrote:
> On 04/09/2018 02:16 PM, Craig Ringer wrote:
>> I'd like a middle ground where the kernel lets us register our interest
>> and tells us if it lost something, without us having to keep eight million
>> FDs open for some long period. "Tell us about anything that happens under
>> pgdata/" or an inotify-style per-directory-registration option. I'd even say
>> that's ideal.
> Could there be a risk of a race condition here where fsync incorrectly
> returns success before we get the notification of that something went wrong?

We'd examine the notification queue only once all our checkpoint
fsync()s had succeeded, and before we updated the control file to
advance the redo position.

I'm intrigued by the suggestion upthread of using a kprobe or similar
to achieve this. It's a horrifying unportable hack that'd make kernel
people cry, and I don't know if we have any way to flush buffered
probe data to be sure we really get the news in time, but it's a cool
idea too.

 Craig Ringer                   http://www.2ndQuadrant.com/
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