[] On Behalf Of Heikki Linnakangas
Sent: Monday, August 13, 2012 12:14 PM
On 12.08.2012 17:39, Tom Lane wrote:
> Heikki Linnakangas<>  writes:
>>> The problem is that when a postmaster subprocess is launched, it calls
>>> read_nondefault_variables() very early, before shmem initialization, to
>>> read the non-default config options from the file that postmaster wrote.
>>> When check_XactIsoLevel() calls RecoveryInProgress(), it crashes,
>>> because XLogCtl is NULL.
>> Hm, how did the same code fail to crash in the postmaster itself, when
>> the postmaster read the setting from postgresql.conf?

>It's not the check function for default_transaction_isolation that 
>crashes, but the one for transaction_isolation.

> I 'm not exactly sure how transaction_isolation gets set to a non-default 
> value, though. The default for transaction_isolation is 'default', so 
> it's understandable that the underlying XactIsoLevel variable gets set 
> to XACT_SERIALIZABLE, but AFAICS the code to read/write the GUCs from/to 
> file only cares about the string value of the guc, not the integer value 
> of the underlying global variable.

Here What I am able to trace is that function read_nondefault_variables(),
reads all variables
from config_exec_params which contains both default_transaction_isolation
and transaction_isolation.

1. it first reads default_transaction_isolation and sets value of
DefaultXactIsoLevel to 'serializable'.
2. As for parameter default_transaction_isolation, there is no check
function it passes.
3. After that when variable transaction_isolation is processed, function
check_XactIsoLevel() sets 
   XactIsoLevel to XACT_SERIALIZABLE which causes crash.

Actually function read_nondefault_variables(), should only process non
default values (default_transaction_isolation)
not transaction_isolation, but currently it processes both?

With Regards,
Amit Kapila.

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