On Aug 19, 2013, at 9:11 PM, Andres Freund wrote:

> On 2013-08-19 20:15:51 +0200, Boszormenyi Zoltan wrote:
>> 2013-08-19 19:20 keltezéssel, Andres Freund írta:
>>> Hi,
>>> On 2013-07-24 09:20:52 +0200, Antonin Houska wrote:
>>>> Hello,
>>>> the purpose of this patch is to limit impact of pg_backup on running 
>>>> server.
>>>> Feedback is appreciated.
>>> Based on a quick look it seems like you're throttling on the receiving
>>> side. Is that a good idea? Especially over longer latency links, TCP
>>> buffering will reduce the effect on the sender side considerably.
>> Throttling on the sender side requires extending the syntax of
>> BASE_BACKUP and maybe START_REPLICATION so both can be
>> throttled but throttling is still initiated by the receiver side.
> Seems fine to me. Under the premise that the idea is decided to be
> worthwile to be integrated. Which I am not yet convinced of.

i think there is a lot of value for this one. the scenario we had a couple of 
times is pretty simple:
just assume a weak server - maybe just one disk or two - and a slave.
master and slave are connected via a 1 GB network.
pg_basebackup will fetch data full speed basically putting those lonely disks 
out of business.
we actually had a case where a client asked if "PostgreSQL is locked during 
base backup". of 
course it was just disk wait caused by a full speed pg_basebackup.

regarding the client side implementation: we have chosen this way because it is 
less invasive. 
i cannot see a reason to do this on the server side because we won't have 10 
pg_basebackup-style tools making use of this feature anyway.

of course, if you got 20 disk and a 1 gbit network this is useless - but many 
people don't have that.


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