We never reached a consensus on the user interface of the new 'fast promotion'. We should settle that before beta. The thread died here:


Simon said in that email that he's waiting for further comments, so let me reiterate my view on this:

The current situation is that to do 'fast promotion', you have to use "pg_ctl promote -m fast". 'slow' promotion is the default.

I didn't like that, because:

1. The slow method has no advantage over the fast method. Therefore I think the fast method should be the default, when promoting a standby. To be conservative, just in case there are bugs in the fast method, we'd still use the slow method for crash recovery and end of point-in-time recovery. That provides an escape hatch, so that if the fast method fails because of a bug, you can still start up the database.

2. There is no way to perform 'fast promotion' using the trigger file. That feature is only available using "pg_ctl promote". When "pg_ctl promote" was introduced, it was not meant to replace the trigger file method, as that is also very useful in many situations. (as explained here: http://www.postgresql.org/message-id/5112a54b.8090...@vmware.com)

Putting points 1 and 2 together, I think the best solution is to always perform 'fast' promotion when in standby mode, and remove pg_ctl -m fast/smart option altogether. There is no need to expose that to users.

- Heikki

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