On 2016-04-21 14:25:06 -0400, Robert Haas wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 2:22 PM, Andres Freund <and...@anarazel.de> wrote:
> > On 2016-04-21 14:15:53 -0400, Robert Haas wrote:
> >> On Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 7:53 PM, Thomas Munro
> >> <thomas.mu...@enterprisedb.com> wrote:
> >> > On the WaitEventSet thread I posted a small patch to add kqueue
> >> > support[1].  Since then I peeked at how some other software[2]
> >> > interacts with kqueue and discovered that there are platforms
> >> > including NetBSD where kevent.udata is an intptr_t instead of a void
> >> > *.  Here's a version which should compile there.  Would any NetBSD
> >> > user be interested in testing this?  (An alternative would be to make
> >> > configure to test for this with some kind of AC_COMPILE_IFELSE
> >> > incantation but the steamroller cast is simpler.)
> >>
> >> Did you code this up blind or do you have a NetBSD machine yourself?
> >
> > RMT, what do you think, should we try to get this into 9.6? It's
> > feasible that the performance problem 98a64d0bd713c addressed is also
> > present on free/netbsd.
> My personal opinion is that it would be a reasonable thing to do if
> somebody can demonstrate that it actually solves a real problem.
> Absent that, I don't think we should rush it in.

On linux you needed a 2 socket machine to demonstrate the problem, but
both old ones (my 2009 workstation) and new ones were sufficient. I'd be
surprised if the situation on freebsd is any better, except that you
might hit another scalability bottleneck earlier.

I doubt there's many real postgres instances operating on bigger
hardware on freebsd, with sufficient throughput to show the problem. So
I think the argument for including is more along trying to be "nice" to
more niche-y OSs.

I really don't have any opinion either way.

- Andres

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