Greg Stark <> writes:
> I happened to notice a bit of an inconsistency in the way initdb
> probes max_connections and shared_buffers.

> This line in the shared_buffers test:

> /* Use same amount of memory, independent of BLCKSZ */
> test_buffs = (trial_bufs[i] * 8192) / BLCKSZ;

> has no equivalent in the max_connections test. As a result
> max_connections is tested with 10 buffers per connection regardless of

> Is this intentional? Is the idea that Postgres can't function properly
> without being able to read from 10 files concurrently regardless of
> block size? Or is it an unintentional holdover from before the line
> above was added for the shared_buffers tests?

I think it's intentional; the minimum number of buffers needed per
session doesn't really vary with BLCKSZ, but rather with code structure
(ie, how many buffer pins a query might take at once).  Still, some
comments documenting that a little better wouldn't be a bad thing.

                        regards, tom lane

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