On 10/04/2011 03:45 PM, Royce Ausburn wrote:
I think I get this stats stuff now. Unless someone here thinks it's too hard for a new postgres dev's 2nd patch, I could take a stab. I might take a look at it tonight to get a feel for how hard, and what stats we could collect. I'll start a new thread for discussion.

Adding statistics and good monitoring points isn't hard to do, once you figure out how the statistics messaging works. From looking at your patch, you seem to be over that part of the learning curve already. The most time consuming part for vacuum logging patches is setting up the test cases and waiting for them to execute. If you can provide a script that does that, it will aid in getting review off to a goo start. Basically, whatever you build to test the patch, you should think about packaging into a script you can hand to a reviewer/committer. Normal approach is to build a test data set with something like generate_series, then create the situation the patch is supposed to log.

Just to clarify what Robert was suggesting a little further, good practice here is just to say "this patch needs a catversion bump", but not actually do it. Committers should figure that out even if you don't mention it, but sometimes a goof is made; a little reminder doesn't hurt.

I'm not sure what my next step should be.  I've added this patch to the open 
commit fest -- is that all for now until the commit fest begins review?

Basically, we'll get to it next month. I have my own autovacuum logging stuff I'm working on that I expect to slip to that one too, so I can easily take on reviewing yours then. I just fixed the entry in the CF app to follow convention by listing your full name.

Main feedback for now on the patch is that few people ever use pg_stat_all_tables. The new counter needs to go into pg_stat_user_tables and pg_stat_sys_tables if it's going to be visible to the people who are most likely to need it. I updated the name of the patch on the CommitFest to read "Unremovable tuple count on pg_stat_*_tables" so the spec here is more clear. I'd suggest chewing on the rest of your ideas, see what else falls out of this, and just make sure to submit another update just before the next CF starts.

Greg Smith   2ndQuadrant US    g...@2ndquadrant.com   Baltimore, MD
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