On Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 5:14 PM, Josh Berkus <j...@agliodbs.com> wrote:
> On 10/16/2013 01:25 PM, Andrew Dunstan wrote:
>> Andres has just been politely pointing out to me that my knowledge of
>> memory allocators is a little out of date (i.e. by a decade or two), and
>> that this memory is not in fact likely to be held for a long time, at
>> least on most modern systems. That undermines completely my reasoning
>> above.
> Except that Opensolaris and FreeBSD still have the old memory allocation
> behavior, as do older Linux kernels, many of which will remain in
> production for years.  I have no idea what Windows' memory management
> behavior is.
> So this is a case of needing to know considerably more than the
> available RAM to determine a good setting.

I agree, but I still think my previous proposal of increasing the
defaults for work_mem and maintenance_work_mem by 4X would serve many
more people well than it would serve poorly.  I haven't heard anyone
disagree with that notion.  Does anyone disagree?  Should we do it?

Robert Haas
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