On 21/04/17 06:11, Michael Paquier wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 21, 2017 at 12:29 AM, Peter Eisentraut
> <peter.eisentr...@2ndquadrant.com> wrote:
>> On 4/20/17 07:52, Petr Jelinek wrote:
>>> On 20/04/17 05:57, Michael Paquier wrote:
>>>> 2nd thoughts here... Ah now I see your point. True that there is no
>>>> way to ensure that an unwanted command is not running when SIGUSR2 is
>>>> received as the shutdown checkpoint may have already begun. Here is an
>>>> idea: add a new state in WalSndState, say WALSNDSTATE_STOPPING, and
>>>> the shutdown checkpoint does not run as long as all WAL senders still
>>>> running do not reach such a state.
>>> +1 to this solution
>> Michael, can you attempt to supply a patch?
> Hmm. I have been actually looking at this solution and I am having
> doubts regarding its robustness. In short this would need to be
> roughly a two-step process:
> - In PostmasterStateMachine(), SIGUSR2 is sent to the checkpoint to
> make it call ShutdownXLOG(). Prior doing that, a first signal should
> be sent to all the WAL senders with
> SignalSomeChildren(BACKEND_TYPE_WALSND). SIGUSR2 or SIGINT could be
> used.
> - At reception of this signal, all WAL senders switch to a stopping
> state, refusing commands that can generate WAL.
> - Checkpointer looks at the state of all WAL senders, looping with a
> sleep call of a couple of ms, refusing to launch the shutdown
> checkpoint as long as all WAL senders have not switched to the
> stopping state.
> - In reaper(), once checkpointer is confirmed as stopped, signal again
> the WAL senders, and tell them to perform the last loop.
> After that, I got a second, more simple idea.
> CheckpointerShmem->ckpt_flags holds the information about checkpoints
> currently running, so we could have the WAL senders look at this data
> and prevent any commands generating WAL. The checkpointer may be
> already stopped at the moment the WAL senders finish their loop, so we
> need also to check if the checkpointer is running or not on those code
> paths. Such safeguards may actually be enough for the problem of this
> thread. Thoughts?

Hmm but how do we handle statements that are already in progress by the
time ckpt_flags changes?

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