On 2015-12-21 16:26:25 +0900, Michael Paquier wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 20, 2015 at 10:14 PM, Michael Paquier
> <michael.paqu...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > Speaking of which, this patch was registered in this CF, I am moving
> > it to the next as a bug fix.
> I found a stupid bug in my previous patch: when issuing XLOG_SWITCH it
> is possible that the return LSN pointer is on the new segment that has
> been forcibly archived if RequestXLogSwitch is called multiple times
> and that subsequent calls are not necessary. Patch updated.

I find this patch rather unsatisfactory. Yes, it kinda solves the
problem of archive timeout, but it leaves the bigger and longer standing
problems of unneccessary checkpoints with wal_level=hs in place. It's
also somewhat fragile in my opinion.

I think we rather want a per backend (or perhaps per wal insertion lock)
flag that says 'last relevant record inserted at', and a way to not set
that during insertion. Then during a checkpoint or the relevant bgwriter
code, we look wether anything relevant happened in any backend since the
last time we performed a checkpoint/logged a running xacts snapshot.


Andres Freund

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