On 2014-01-13 17:13:51 -0800, James Bottomley wrote:
> a file into a user provided buffer, thus obtaining a page cache entry
> and a copy in their userspace buffer, then insert the page of the user
> buffer back into the page cache as the page cache page ... that's right,
> isn't it postgress people?
Pretty much, yes. We'd probably hint (*advise(DONTNEED)) that the page
isn't needed anymore when reading. And we'd normally write if the page
> Effectively you end up with buffered read/write that's also mapped into
> the page cache. It's a pretty awful way to hack around mmap.
Well, the problem is that you can't really use mmap() for the things we
do. Postgres' durability works by guaranteeing that our journal entries
(called WAL := Write Ahead Log) are written & synced to disk before the
corresponding entries of tables and indexes reach the disk. That also
allows to group together many random-writes into a few contiguous writes
fdatasync()ed at once. Only during a checkpointing phase the big bulk of
the data is then (slowly, in the background) synced to disk.
I don't see how that's doable with holding all pages in mmap()ed
Andres Freund http://www.2ndQuadrant.com/
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