On 01/03/2016 07:50, Michael Paquier wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 1, 2016 at 4:38 AM, Julien Rouhaud
> <julien.rouh...@dalibo.com> wrote:
>> On 29/02/2016 20:20, Fabrízio de Royes Mello wrote:
>>> On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 3:04 PM, Julien Rouhaud
>>> <julien.rouh...@dalibo.com <mailto:julien.rouh...@dalibo.com>> wrote:
>>>> On 04/06/2015 22:10, Guillaume Lelarge wrote:
>>>>> 2015-01-05 17:44 GMT+01:00 Guillaume Lelarge <guilla...@lelarge.info
>>> <mailto:guilla...@lelarge.info>
>>>>> <mailto:guilla...@lelarge.info <mailto:guilla...@lelarge.info>>>:
>>>>>     2015-01-05 17:40 GMT+01:00 Robert Haas <robertmh...@gmail.com
>>> <mailto:robertmh...@gmail.com>
>>>>>     <mailto:robertmh...@gmail.com <mailto:robertmh...@gmail.com>>>:
>>>>>         On Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 12:46 PM, Tom Lane
>>> <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us <mailto:t...@sss.pgh.pa.us>
>>>>>         <mailto:t...@sss.pgh.pa.us <mailto:t...@sss.pgh.pa.us>>> wrote:
>>>>>         > I'd be all right with putting the data structure
>>> declarations in a file
>>>>>         > named something like autovacuum_private.h, especially if
>>> it carried an
>>>>>         > annotation that "if you depend on this, don't be surprised
>>> if we break
>>>>>         > your code in future".
>>>>>         Works for me.  I am not in general surprised when we do
>>> things that
>>>>>         break my code, or anyway, the code that I'm responsible for
>>>>>         maintaining.  But I think it makes sense to segregate this
>>> into a
>>>>>         separate header file so that we are clear that it is only
>>>>>         exposed for
>>>>>         the benefit of extension authors, not so that other things in
>>>>>         the core
>>>>>         system can touch it.
>>>>>     I'm fine with that too. I'll try to find some time to work on that.
>>>>> So I took a look at this this week. I discovered, with the help of a
>>>>> coworker, that I can already use the AutoVacuumShmem pointer and read
>>>>> the struct. Unfortunately, it doesn't give me as much details as I would
>>>>> have liked. The list of databases and tables aren't in shared memory.
>>>>> They are local to the process that uses them. Putting them in shared
>>>>> memory (if at all possible) would imply a much bigger patch than I was
>>>>> willing to write right now.
>>>>> Thanks anyway for the help.
>>>> Sorry to revive such an old thread.
>>>> I think some hooks in the autovacuum could be enough to have good
>>>> insight without exposing private structure.
> Instead of introducing 4 new hooks, which do not represent a general
> use actually, why don't you expose a portion of this information in
> shared memory as mentioned upthread? This sounds like a good approach
> to me. Your extension could then scan them as needed and put that on
> view or a function. This information is now private in the autovacuum
> processes, exposing them would allow plugin authors to do a bunch of
> fancy things I think, in a more flexible way than those hooks. And
> there is no need to add more hooks should the structure of the
> autovacuum code change for a reason or another in the future.

I thought exposing private structures could be a blocking issue.  I
tried to see what could be done using hooks, and one thing I like is
that we can compute the process time of each relation, or even aggregate
some statistics.  Having the vacuum time is something that we can
actually only obtain by setting log_autovacuum_min_duration and parsing
the logs, and I don't think it would be possible to do this by just
exposing current private structure.

Julien Rouhaud
http://dalibo.com - http://dalibo.org

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