On Thu, Sep 22, 2016 at 3:05 AM, Alvaro Herrera <alvhe...@2ndquadrant.com>

> Peter Eisentraut wrote:
> > How about having the tag not be a column name but a row entry.  So you'd
> > do something like
> >
> > SELECT * FROM pg_stat_sql WHERE tag = 'ALTER VIEW';
> >
> > That way, we don't have to keep updating (and re-debating) this when new
> > command types or subtypes are added.  And queries written for future
> > versions will not fail when run against old servers.
> Yeah, good idea.

Yes, Having it as a row entry is good.

> Let's also discuss the interface from the stats collector.  Currently we
> have some 20 new SQL functions, all alike, each loading the whole data
> and returning a single counter, and then the view invokes each function
> separately.  That doesn't seem great to me.  How about having a single C
> function that returns the whole thing as a SRF instead, and the view is
> just a single function invocation -- something like pg_lock_status
> filling pg_locks in one go.
> Another consideration is that the present patch lumps together all ALTER
> cases in a single counter.  This isn't great, but at the same time we
> don't want to bloat the stat files by having hundreds of counters per
> database, do we?

Currently, The SQL stats is a fixed size counter to track the all the ALTER
cases as single counter. So while sending the stats from the backend to
stats collector at the end of the transaction, the cost is same, because of
it's fixed size. This approach adds overhead to send and read the stats
is minimal.

With the following approach, I feel it is possible to support the counter at
command tag level.

Add a Global and local Hash to keep track of the counters by using the
command tag as the key, this hash table increases dynamically whenever
a new type of SQL command gets executed. The Local Hash data is passed
to stats collector whenever the transaction gets committed.

The problem I am thinking is that, Sending data from Hash and populating
the Hash from stats file for all the command tags adds some overhead.

Hari Babu
Fujitsu Australia

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