On Thu, Dec 15, 2016 at 10:04 AM, Magnus Hagander <mag...@hagander.net>

> I've started work on a patch to make pg_basebackup use the temporary slots
> feature that has been committed (thanks Petr!!).  The reason for this is to
> avoid the cases where a burst of traffic on the master during the backup
> can cause the receive log part of the basebackup to fall far enough behind
> that it fails.
> I have a few considerations at this point, about interaction with existing
> options.
> Right now, we have -S/--slot which specifies a slot name. If you want to
> use that, you have to create the slot ahead of time, and it will be a
> permanent slot (of course). This is primarily documented as a feature to
> use for replication (to make sure xlog is kept around until the standby is
> started up), but it does also solve the same problem. But to use it for
> base backups today you have to manually create the slot, then base backup,
> then drop the slot, which is error prone.
> My thought is that if -S/--slot is not specified, but -X stream is, then
> we use a temporary slot always. This obviously requires the server to be
> configured with enough slots (I still think we should change the default
> here, but that's a different topic), but I think that's acceptable. Then we
> should add a "--no-slot" to make it revert to previous behaviour.
> Does that seem reasonable? Or would people prefer it to default to off?
> However, it also made me think that the interface for setting up a replica
> with a *permanent* slot would be much nicer if we could just have
> pg_basebackup create the slot, instead of having to create it manually.
> Basically, I'm envisioning adding an IF_NOT_EXISTS argument to
> CREATE_REPLICATION_SLOT, so that pg_basebackup can pass up the slot name it
> wants to use and have it created if necessary. Do people think think this
> is worth doing? (It would also make pg_receivexlog and pg_receivelogical
> easier to use, I think, and it would obviously be implemented there as
> well).
Pah, nevermind this last question. I was looking a  completely broken
branch -- we already have the  if-not-exists parameter for
pg_receivexlog/pg_receivelogical. I shouldn't write emails before

 Magnus Hagander
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