The Hermit Hacker <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> Hrmmm, I see Tom's point (I think!) ... but what if, for instance, the
> co-ordinator crashes?

Or you just lose the network connection for awhile.  The worst case
scenario I think is where the co-ordinator got everyone's promise to
commit, and told some of the subordinates to commit, but your own
response gets lost due to network failure.  Now what?  If you time
out and decide to abort, you're inconsistent with the other
subordinates.  On the other hand, you can't commit after a timeout
either, because that loses in the other scenario (where the coordinator
didn't decide to commit).  Basically, the subordinate must be willing
to hold its breath *forever*.  I don't see how this can work.

                        regards, tom lane

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