On Sun, Dec 5, 2010 at 2:53 PM, Greg Smith <g...@2ndquadrant.com> wrote:
> Heikki Linnakangas wrote:
>> If you fsync() a file with one dirty page in it, it's going to return very
>> quickly, but a 1GB file will take a while. That could be problematic if you
>> have a thousand small files and a couple of big ones, as you would want to
>> reserve more time for the big ones. I'm not sure what to do about it, maybe
>> it's not a problem in practice.
> It's a problem in practice allright, with the bulk-loading situation being
> the main one you'll hit it.  If somebody is running a giant COPY to populate
> a table at the time the checkpoint starts, there's probably a 1GB file of
> dirty data that's unsynced around there somewhere.  I think doing anything
> about that situation requires an additional leap in thinking about buffer
> cache evicition and fsync absorption though.  Ultimately I think we'll end
> up doing sync calls for relations that have gone "cold" for a while all the
> time as part of BGW activity, not just at checkpoint time, to try and avoid
> this whole area better.  That's a lot more than I'm trying to do in my first
> pass of improvements though.
> In the interest of cutting the number of messy items left in the official
> CommitFest, I'm going to mark my patch here "Returned with Feedback" and
> continue working in the general direction I was already going.  Concept
> shared, underlying patches continue to advance, good discussion around it;
> those were my goals for this CF and I think we're there.
> I have a good idea how to autotune the sync spread that's hardcoded in the
> current patch.  I'll work on finishing that up and organizing some more
> extensive performance tests.  Right now I'm more concerned about finishing
> the tests around the wal_sync_method issues, which are related to this and
> need to get sorted out a bit more urgently.
> --
> Greg Smith   2ndQuadrant US    g...@2ndquadrant.com   Baltimore, MD
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Forgive me, but is all of this a step on the slippery slope to
direction io? And is this a bad thing?

Rob Wultsch

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