On Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 02:09:48PM +0300, Heikki Linnakangas wrote:
> I think the new behavior where the GUC only takes effect at next checkpoint
> is OK. It seems quite intuitive.
> > [rebased patch version]
> Looks good at a quick glance. Assuming no objections from others, I'll take
> a closer look and commit tomorrow. Thanks!

Sorry for not following up closely this thread lately.

+   /*
+    * If full_page_writes has been turned off, issue XLOG_FPW_CHANGE before
+    * the flag actually takes effect. No lock is required since checkpointer
+    * is the only updator of shared fullPageWrites after recovery is
+    * finished. Both shared and local fullPageWrites do not change before the
+    * next reading below.
+    */
+   if (Insert->fullPageWrites && !fullPageWrites)
+   {
+       XLogBeginInsert();
+       XLogRegisterData((char *) (&fullPageWrites), sizeof(bool));
+       XLogInsert(RM_XLOG_ID, XLOG_FPW_CHANGE);
+   }

This is not actually true.  If a fallback_promote is used, then
CreateCheckPoint() is called by the startup process which is in charge
of issuing the end-of-recovery checkpoint, and not the checkpointer.  So
I still fail to see how a no-lock approach is fine except if we remove

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