On Sun, Jan 31, 2016 at 5:28 PM, Masahiko Sawada <sawada.m...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 31, 2016 at 5:18 PM, Michael Paquier
> <michael.paqu...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Sun, Jan 31, 2016 at 5:08 PM, Masahiko Sawada <sawada.m...@gmail.com> 
>> wrote:
>>> On Sun, Jan 31, 2016 at 1:17 PM, Michael Paquier
>>> <michael.paqu...@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> On Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 10:10 PM, Masahiko Sawada wrote:
>>>>> By the discussions so far, I'm planning to have several replication
>>>>> methods such as 'quorum', 'complex' in the feature, and the each
>>>>> replication method specifies the syntax of s_s_names.
>>>>> It means that s_s_names could have the number of sync standbys like
>>>>> what current patch does.
>>>> What if the application_name of a standby node has the format of an 
>>>> integer?
>>> Even if the standby has an integer as application_name, we can set
>>> s_s_names like '2,1,2,3'.
>>> The leading '2' is always handled as the number of sync standbys when
>>> s_r_method = 'priority'.
>> Hm. I agree with Fujii-san here, having the number of sync standbys
>> defined in a parameter that should have a list of names is a bit
>> confusing. I'd rather have a separate GUC, which brings us back to one
>> of the first patches that I came up with, and a couple of people,
>> including Josh were not happy with that because this did not support
>> real quorum. Perhaps the final answer would be really to get a set of
>> hooks, and a contrib module making use of that.
> Yeah, I agree with having set of hooks, and postgres core has simple
> multi sync replication mechanism like you suggested at first version.

If there are hooks, I don't think that we should really bother about
having in core anything more complicated than what we have now. The
trick will be to come up with a hook design modular enough to support
the kind of configurations mentioned on this thread. Roughly perhaps a
refactoring of the syncrep code so as it is possible to wait for
multiple targets some of them being optional,, one modular way in
pg_stat_get_wal_senders to represent the status of a node to user, and
another hook to return to decide which are the nodes to wait for. Some
of the nodes being waited for may be based on conditions for quorum
support. That's a hard problem to do that in a flexible enough way.

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