On Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 3:25 PM, Robert Haas <robertmh...@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 2:28 AM, Craig Ringer <cr...@2ndquadrant.com>
> wrote:
> > It enters COPY BOTH mode before it invokes the startup callback. The
> client
> > has no way to unilaterally terminate COPY BOTH mode and return to the
> normal
> > walsender protocol. The server doesn't do it when there's an ERROR. So
> the
> > only option the client has for recovery is to disconnect and reconnect.
> This isn't my understanding of how the protocol works, and it's not
> what the documentation says either.
> Per http://www.postgresql.org/docs/current/static/protocol-flow.html:
> ===
> In the event of a backend-detected error during copy-both mode, the
> backend will issue an ErrorResponse message, discard frontend messages
> until a Sync message is received, and then issue ReadyForQuery and
> return to normal processing. The frontend should treat receipt of
> ErrorResponse as terminating the copy in both directions; no CopyDone
> should be sent in this case.
> ===
> So it's true that the client can't unilaterally terminate COPY BOTH
> mode; it can only send CopyDone.  But an error on the server side
> should do so.

Hm, you're right.  Even though the server sends COPY_BOTH message before
the plugin startup, an attempt by the client to actually read the data
messages results in ErrorResponse handled on the client, then the client
can re-submit the corrected START_REPLICATION command and continue without
the need to reconnect.  This cannot be actually tested in psql, but I can
verify the behavior with my python scripts.

Then I don't have a preference for the early error reporting in this case.
If the current behavior potentially allows for more flexible error
reporting, I'm for keeping it.


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