On 04/24/2017 09:50 PM, Andres Freund wrote:
On 2017-04-24 14:43:11 -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
(We have accepted that kind of overhead for DSM segments, but the
intention I think is to allow only very trivial data structures in
the DSM segments.  Losing compiler pointer type checking for data
structures like the lock or PGPROC tables would be horrid.)

The relptr.h infrastructure brings some of the type-checking back, but
it's still pretty painful.  And just as important, it's quite noticeable
performance-wise.  So we have to do it for dynamic shm (until/unless we
go to using threads), but that doesn't mean we should do it for some of
the most performance critical data structures in PG...


For some data shared memory structures, that store no pointers, we wouldn't need to insist that they are mapped to the same address in every backend, though. In particular, shared_buffers. It wouldn't eliminate the problem, though, only make it less likely, so we'd still need to retry when it does happen.

- Heikki

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