On 2016-10-14 13:50:35 -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
> Heikki Linnakangas <hlinn...@iki.fi> writes:
> > On 14 October 2016 16:22:12 EEST, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
> >> I don't know whether to laugh or cry, but that code is a joke.  Just
> >> silently fail if you can't get the lock?
> > Heh, ok, let me rephrase: I believe it's *intended* to be callable from a 
> > signal handler :). Whether it actually works is another question. Perhaps 
> > there's some mitigating conditions there, I don't know.
> > For our use case, it's actually not too bad if Py_AddPendingCall gives up 
> > and does nothing. Then the python function will simply not be interrupted 
> > until next SPI call, which is the current situation anyway.
> I dunno.  If the failure were very low-probability, you could maybe live
> with that behavior, but I'm not sure it is.  Presumably the Python
> interpreter loop is taking that lock once per statement (at least), so
> that it can tell if there's something to do.  That'd suggest that the
> fraction of time in which the lock is held is not negligible.

Since that's how python's signal handling works, I'm not sure that's
really our problem.


Andres Freund

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