On Sep8, 2011, at 15:09 , Aidan Van Dyk wrote:
> Personally, I think both of these show examples of why PG should be
> looking hard at either providing a simple robust local directory based
> archive_command, or very seriously pointing users at properly written
> tools like omniptr, or ptrtools, walmgr, etc...
> Neither of those cases should ever happen.  If you're copying a file
> into the archive, and making it appear non-atomically in your archive,
> your doing something wrong.


Archiving WAL should be done by copying to a temp file and moving it
into place. Before returning success, one should probably also do the
fsync incantations the linux kernel guys argued are necessary to prevent
the file from appearing empty if the machine crashes shortly after the
move. (Yeah, they fixed that after enough people complained, but the fact
that they even went as far as arguing their behaviour is correct according
to POSIX makes me uneasy...)

It'd be very cool if we shipped a tool that did that correctly (pg_walcopy
maybe?) on all supported platforms.

best regards,
Florian Pflug

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