On Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 3:58 PM, Rahila Syed <rahilasye...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Updated version of patches are attached.
> Changes are as follows
> 1. Improved readability of the code as per the review comments.
> 2. Addition of block_compression field in BkpBlock structure to store
> information about compression of block. This provides for switching
> compression on/off and changing compression algorithm as required.
> 3.Handling of OOM in critical section by checking for return value of malloc
> and proceeding without compression of FPW if return value is NULL.

So, it seems like you're basically using malloc to work around the
fact that a palloc failure is an error, and we can't throw an error in
a critical section.  I don't think that's good; we want all of our
allocations, as far as possible, to be tracked via palloc.  It might
be a good idea to add a new variant of palloc or MemoryContextAlloc
that returns NULL on failure instead of throwing an error; I've wanted
that once or twice.  But in this particular case, I'm not quite seeing
why it should be necessary - the number of backup blocks per record is
limited to some pretty small number, so it ought to be possible to
preallocate enough memory to compress them all, perhaps just by
declaring a global variable like char wal_compression_space[8192]; or

Robert Haas
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