On Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 10:04 AM, Michael Paquier
<michael.paqu...@gmail.com> wrote:
> It would make more sense to just switch max_wal_size from a soft to a
> hard limit. The current behavior is not cool with activity spikes.

Having a hard limit on WAL size would be nice, but that's a different
problem from the one being discussed here.  If max_wal_size becomes a
hard limit, and a standby with a replication slot dies, then the
master eventually starts refusing all writes.  I guess that's better
than a PANIC, but it's not likely to make users very happy.  I think
it's entirely reasonable to want a behavior where the master is
willing to retain up to X amount of extra WAL for the benefit of some
standby, but after that the health of the master takes priority.

You can't really get that behavior today.  Either you can retain as
much WAL as might be necessary through archiving or a slot, or you can
retain a fixed amount of WAL whether it's actually needed or not.
There's currently no approach that retains min(wal_needed,

Robert Haas
EnterpriseDB: http://www.enterprisedb.com
The Enterprise PostgreSQL Company

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