On Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 11:52 AM, Andres Freund <and...@anarazel.de> wrote:
> On 2017-06-22 11:49:47 +0900, Yugo Nagata wrote:
>> I agree that we can kill theses processes by the OS command. However,
>> It seems to me that pg_{cancel,terminate}_backend don't need to be able to
>> kill processes except for client backends because we can do same thing by
>> the OS command if necessary, and acutually these functions cannot kill
>> most other processes, for example, background writer. Are the autovacuum
>> launcher and background worker special for these functions?
> I strongly disagree with this - I think it's quite useful to be able to
> kill things via SQL that can hold lock on database objects.   I'm not
> seeing which problem would be solved by prohibiting this?

+1. Controlling them as of now is useful, particularly now that all
processes show wait events, even auxiliary ones (though not
signal-able). Different thought, but I'd love to see a SQL function
that allows triggering SIGHUP on a specific process, like an
autovacuum worker to change its cost parameters. There is
pg_reload_conf() to do so but that's system-wide.

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