Teodor Sigaev <teo...@sigaev.ru> writes:
>> Instead of allocating this memory unconditionally for each buffer,
>> wouldn't it be better to set all the page pointers to NULL in
>> GenericXLogStart and allocate memory only once a buffer is registered
>> in GenericXLogRegisterBuffer when finding a free slot? This patch is
>> wasting many cycles.

> GenericXLogRegisterBuffer() could be called in another MemoryContext what
> can be a reason for strange bugs. Right now only a few pages could be
> involved in one round of GenericWal. I don't believe that such allocation
> could be a reason of noticable performance degradation. Although I didn't
> check that.

You could allocate all the pages in one palloc, though, and then just
set the pointers via address arithmetic.

                        regards, tom lane

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