On Wed, Dec 28, 2016 at 10:55 PM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
> Jim Nasby <jim.na...@bluetreble.com> writes:
>> On 12/28/16 7:10 AM, Amit Kapila wrote:
>>> Can we think of introducing new guc trace_system_waits or something
>>> like that which will indicate that the sessions will report the value
>>> of wait_start in pg_stat_activity?
>> In my experience the problem with those kind of settings is that they're
>> never enabled when you actually need them.

I agree with that, but I think it might be better than nothing
especially for LWLock waits.

> Yeah.  And they especially won't be enabled in production situations,
> if people find out that they cause lots of overhead.

What kind of overhead are we expecting here?  I think it probably
depends on workload, but it is quite possible that in most workloads
it is in single digit.  I agree that in an ideal situation we should
not allow even 1% overhead, however, if people are interested in doing
the detail level of monitoring at the expense of some performance hit,
then why not give them the option to do so.

>> I think it'd be much better
>> to find a way to always capture wait_starts that are over some minimum
>> duration, where collection overhead won't matter but you still have some
>> good info about what's going on. For pg_stat_activity I'd think that
>> threshold would be on the order of 50-100ms, though maybe there's other
>> places where a tighter tolerance would help.
> The idea of just capturing the wait start for heavyweight locks, and
> not other lock types, still seems superior to any of the alternatives
> that have been suggested ...

If we want to capture waits without any system level parameter, then
that seems better option and maybe, later on, we can capture I/O waits
as well. However, I feel as proposed the name of parameter wait_start
can confuse users considering we have wait_event and wait_event_type
for generic waits.

With Regards,
Amit Kapila.
EnterpriseDB: http://www.enterprisedb.com

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