On Fri, May 5, 2017 at 6:54 AM, Andres Freund <and...@anarazel.de> wrote:
> Hi,
> On 2016-12-22 19:33:30 +0000, Andres Freund wrote:
>> Skip checkpoints, archiving on idle systems.
> As part of an independent bugfix I noticed that Michael & I appear to
> have introduced an off-by-one here. A few locations do comparisons like:
>             /*
>              * Only log if enough time has passed and interesting records have
>              * been inserted since the last snapshot.
>              */
>             if (now >= timeout &&
>                 last_snapshot_lsn < GetLastImportantRecPtr())
>             {
>                 last_snapshot_lsn = LogStandbySnapshot();
>                                 ...
> which looks reasonable on its face.  But LogStandbySnapshot (via XLogInsert())
>  * Returns XLOG pointer to end of record (beginning of next record).
>  * This can be used as LSN for data pages affected by the logged action.
>  * (LSN is the XLOG point up to which the XLOG must be flushed to disk
>  * before the data page can be written out.  This implements the basic
>  * WAL rule "write the log before the data".)
> and GetLastImportantRecPtr
>  * GetLastImportantRecPtr -- Returns the LSN of the last important record
>  * inserted. All records not explicitly marked as unimportant are considered
>  * important.
> which means that we'll e.g. not notice if there's exactly a *single* WAL
> record since the last logged snapshot (and likely similar in the other
> users of GetLastImportantRecPtr()), because XLogInsert() will return
> where the next record will most of the time be inserted, and
> GetLastImportantRecPtr() returns the beginning of said record.
> This is trivially fixable by replacing < with <=.  But I wonder if the
> better fix would be to redefine GetLastImportantRecPtr() to point to the
> end of the record, too?

If you think it is straightforward to note the end of the record, then
that sounds sensible thing to do.  However, note that we remember the
position based on lockno and lock is released before we can determine
the EndPos.

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

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