On Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 3:24 AM, Daniel Gustafsson <dan...@yesql.se> wrote:
> The message is stored in a new shmem area which is checked when the session is
> aborted.  To keep things simple a small buffer is kept per backend for the
> message.  If deemed too costly, keeping a central buffer from which slabs are
> allocated can be done (but seemed rather complicated for little gain compared
> to the quite moderate memory spend.)

I think that you are right to take the approach with a per-backend
slot. This will avoid complications related to entry removals and
locking issues. There would be scaling issues as well if things get
very signaled for a lot of backends.

+#define MAX_CANCEL_MSG 128
That looks enough.

+           LWLockAcquire(BackendCancelLock, LW_EXCLUSIVE);
+           strlcpy(slot->message, message, sizeof(slot->message));
+           slot->len = strlen(message);
Why not using one spin lock per slot and save it in BackendCancelShmemStruct?

+   pid_t       pid = PG_GETARG_INT32(0);
+   char       *msg = text_to_cstring(PG_GETARG_TEXT_PP(1));
+   PG_RETURN_BOOL(pg_terminate_backend_internal(pid, msg));
It would be more solid to add some error handling for messages that
are too long, or at least truncate the message if too long.

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