On Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 5:02 PM, Heikki Linnakangas
<hlinnakan...@vmware.com> wrote:
> On 08/07/2014 10:10 AM, Mitsumasa KONDO wrote:
>>
>> 2014-08-07 13:47 GMT+09:00 Fujii Masao <masao.fu...@gmail.com>:
>>
>>> On Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 3:59 AM, Heikki Linnakangas
>>> <hlinnakan...@vmware.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> On 08/06/2014 08:39 PM, Fujii Masao wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> The WAL files that pg_receivexlog writes will not be re-read soon
>>>>> basically,
>>>>> so we can advise the OS to release any cached pages when WAL file is
>>>>> closed. I feel inclined to change pg_receivexlog that way. Thought?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> -1. The OS should be smart enough to not thrash the cache by files that
>>>
>>> are
>>>>
>>>> written sequentially and never read.
>>>
>>>
>> OS's buffer strategy is optimized for general situation. Do you forget OS
>> hackers discussion last a half of year?
>>
>>> Yep, the OS should be so smart, but I'm not sure if it actually is. Maybe
>>> not,
>>> so I was thinking that posix_fadvise is called when the server closes WAL
>>> file.
>>
>>
>> That's right.
>
>
> Well, I'd like to hear someone from the field complaining that
> pg_receivexlog is thrashing the cache and thus reducing the performance of
> some other process. Or a least a synthetic test case that demonstrates that
> happening.

Yeah, I will test that by seeing the performance of PostgreSQL which is
running in the same server as pg_receivexlog is running. We can just
compare that performance with normal pg_receivexlog and that with
the patched one (i.e., posix_fadvise is called).

>
>
>> By the way, does pg_receivexlog process have fsync() in every WAL commit?
>
>
> It fsync's each file after finishing to write it. Ie. each WAL file is
> fsync'd once.
>
>
>> If yes, I think that we need no or less fsync() option for the better
>> performance. It is general in NOSQL storages.
>> If no, we need fsync() option for more getting reliability and data
>> integrarity.
>
>
> Hmm. An fsync=off style option might make sense, although I doubt the one
> fsync at end of file is causing a performance problem for anyone in
> practice. Haven't heard any complaints, anyway.
>
> An option to fsync after every commit record might make sense if you use
> pg_receivexlog with synchronous replication. Doing that would require
> parsing the WAL, though, to see where the commit records are. But then
> again, the fsync's wouldn't need to correspond to commit records. We could
> fsync just before we go to sleep to wait for more WAL to be received.

That's what Furuya-san proposed in last CommitFest.

Regards,

-- 
Fujii Masao


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