On 4/15/17 12:56 PM, Robert Haas wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 14, 2017 at 6:52 PM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
>> Peter Eisentraut <peter.eisentr...@2ndquadrant.com> writes:
>>> If we're talking about making things easier to understand, wouldn't a
>>> random user rather know what a WAL "location" is instead of a WAL "LSN"?
>> I wouldn't object to standardizing on "location" instead of "lsn" in the
>> related function and column names.  What I don't like is using different
>> words for the same thing.
> The case mentioned in the subject of this thread has been using the
> word "location" since time immemorial.  It's true that we've already
> renamed it (xlog -> wal) in this release, so if we want to standardize
> on lsn, now's certainly the time to do it.  I'm worried that
> pg_current_wal_lsn() is an identifier composed almost entirely of
> abbreviations and therefore possibly just as impenetrable as
> qx_current_pfq_dnr(), but maybe we should assume that LSN is a term of
> art with which knowledgeable users are required to be familiar, much
> as we are doing for "WAL".

+1, and I'm in favor of using "lsn" wherever applicable.  It seems to me
that if a user calls a function (or queries a table) that returns an lsn
then they should be aware of what an lsn is.


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