On Jul 7, 2012, at 9:07 AM, Euler Taveira <eu...@timbira.com> wrote:
> On 07-07-2012 09:00, Satoshi Nagayasu wrote:
>> I've created new patch to get/reset statistics of WAL buffer
>> writes (flushes) caused by WAL buffer full.
> This new statistic doesn't solve your problem (tune wal_buffers). It doesn't
> give you the wal_buffers value. It only says "hey, I needed more buffers so I
> write those dirty ones". It doesn't say how many. I would like to have
> something that says "hey, you have 1000 buffers available and  you are using
> 100 buffers (10%)". This new statistic is only useful for decreasing the
> WALWriteLock contention.

The number of WAL buffers that you are using is going to change so quickly as 
to be utterly meaningless.  I don't really see that there's any statistic we 
could gather that would tell us how many WAL buffers are needed.  This patch 
seems like it's on the right track, at least telling you how often you're 
running out.

I'm interested to run some benchmarks with this; I think it could be quite 

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