On Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 10:44 AM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
> Robert Haas <robertmh...@gmail.com> writes:
>> On Thu, Sep 15, 2016 at 9:59 AM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
>>> Possibly we ought to change things so that the default value of
>>> min_parallel_relation_size is a fixed number of bytes rather
>>> than a fixed number of blocks.  Not sure though.
>> The reason why this was originally reckoned in blocks is because the
>> data is divided between the workers on the basis of a block number.
>> In the degenerate case where blocks < workers, the extra workers will
>> get no blocks at all, and thus no rows at all.
> Well, sure, but at any reasonable value of min_parallel_relation_size
> that won't be a factor.  The question here is whether we want the default
> value to be platform-independent.  I notice that both config.sgml and
> postgresql.conf.sample claim that the default value is 8MB, which this
> discussion reveals to be a lie.  If you want to keep the default expressed
> as "1024" and not "(8 * 1024 * 1024) / BLCKSZ", we need to change the
> documentation.

I don't particularly care about that.  Changing it to 8MB always would
be fine with me.

Robert Haas
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