Robert Haas <> writes:
> Unfortunately, there are lots of important operations (like bulk
> loading, SELECT * FROM bigtable, and VACUUM notverybigtable) that
> inevitably end up writing out their own dirty buffers.  And even when
> the background writer does write something, it's not always clear that
> this is a positive thing.  Here's Greg Smith commenting on the
> more-is-worse phenonmenon:


> Jeff Janes and I came up with what I believe to be a plausible
> explanation for the problem:


> I kinda think we ought to be looking at fixing that for 9.2, and
> perhaps even back-patching further, but nobody else seemed terribly
> excited about it.

I'd be fine with back-patching something like that into 9.2 if we had
(a) a patch and (b) experimental evidence that it made things better.
Unless I missed something, we have neither.  Also, I read the above
two messages to say that you, Greg, and Jeff have three different ideas
about exactly what should be done, which is less than comforting for
a last-minute patch...

                        regards, tom lane

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