On 2/18/16 3:33 AM, Andres Freund wrote:
> Hi,
> On 2016-02-17 21:47:50 -0500, Peter Eisentraut wrote:
>> It would be nice if pg_ctl promote supported the -w (wait) option.
>> How could pg_ctl determine when the promotion has finished?
> How about looking into pg_control? ControlFileData->state ought to have
> the correct information.

Is it safe to read pg_control externally without a lock?  pg_controldata
will just report a CRC error and proceed, and if you're not sure you can
just run it again.  But if a promotion fails every so often because of
concurrent pg_control writes, that would make this feature annoying.

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