On Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 09:32:09AM -0500, Robert Haas wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 2:58 PM, Noah Misch <n...@leadboat.com> wrote:
> >> What do people prefer?
> >
> > I recommend performing cleanup on the control segment named in PGShmemHeader
> > just before shmdt() in PGSharedMemoryCreate().  No new ERROR or WARNING 
> > sites
> > are necessary.  Have dsm_postmaster_startup() continue to perform a cleanup 
> > on
> > the control segment named in the state file.
> I think I'm on board with the first two sentences of this, but after
> Fujii Masao's email yesterday, I can't help thinking that what you
> propose the third sentence is a bad idea.  He cloned a master to
> create a standby server on the same machine, and the standby startup
> ate the master's dynamic shared memory.  We could teach pg_basebackup
> not to copy the state file, but that wouldn't help people who take
> base backups using the file system copy method, which is a lot of
> people.

I agree we should not rely on folks learning to omit the state file from base
backups.  Abandoning the state file is one way to resolve that, and the
reasons I outlined for preferring to keep it were not overriding concerns.  We
could instead store a postmaster PID in dsm_control_header and only clean if
that PID is dead.  We could make DSM startup aware of whether we're using a
backup label, but that would be awkward thanks to StartupXLOG() happening a
good bit later.  Yeah, abandoning the state file is looking attractive.

Noah Misch
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