On Wed, Oct 28, 2015 at 3:07 AM, Alvaro Herrera
> Alvaro Herrera wrote:
>> Robert Haas wrote:
>> > On Sat, Oct 17, 2015 at 5:37 PM, Petr Jelinek <p...@2ndquadrant.com> wrote:
>> > > I agree with that sentiment.
>> > >
>> > > Attached patch adds variable to the shmem which is used for module
>> > > activation tracking - set to true in ActiveCommitTs() and false in
>> > > DeactivateCommitTs(). All the checks inside the commit_ts code were
>> > > changed
>> > > to use this new variable. I also removed the static variable Alvaro
>> > > added in
>> > > previous commit because it's not needed anymore.
>> > That sounds good to me. On a quick read-through it looks OK too.
>> A revised version is attached.
I found another strange behavior on track_commit_timestamp.
Here are the steps to reproduce it.
1. Start the master and standby servers with track_commit_timestamp enabled.
Since committs is activated in standby, pg_last_committed_xact() can
successfully return the timestamp of last transaction as expected.
2. Disable track_commit_timestamp in the master and restart the master server.
The parameter-change WAL record is streamed to the standby and committs
is deactivated. pg_last_committed_xact() causes an ERROR in the standby.
3. Run checkpoint in the master.
4. Run restartpoint in the standby after the checkpoint WAL record generated
in #3 is replicated to the standby.
5. Restart the standby server.
Committs is activated in the standby because track_commit_timestamp is
enabled. Since there is no parameter-change WAL record since last
restartpoint, committs is not deactivated. So pg_last_committed_xact()
can successfully return the timestamp.
6. Enable track_commit_timestamp in the master and restart the master server.
7. Disable track_commit_timestamp in the master and restart the master server.
Back to the same situation as #2. That is, pg_last_committed_xact() causes
8. Promote the standby server to new master.
Since committs is still inactive even after the promotion,
pg_last_committed_xact() keeps causing an ERROR though
track_commit_timestamp is on.
What I think strange is that pg_last_committed_xact() behaves differently
in #2, #5, and #7 though the settings of track_commit_timestamp are same
in both servers, i.e., it's disabled in the master but enabled in the standby.
I was thinking that whether committs is active or not should depend on
the setting of track_commit_timestamp *after* the promotion.
The behavior in #8 looked strange.
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