On 07/03/2017 09:39 AM, Heikki Linnakangas wrote:

> Hmm. That's not the problem, though. Imagine that instead of the loop
> above, you do just:
> WALInsertLockUpdateInsertingAt(CurrPos);
> AdvanceXLInsertBuffer(EndPos, false);
> AdvanceXLInsertBuffer() will call XLogWrite(), to flush out any pages
> before EndPos, to make room in the wal_buffers for the new pages. Before
> doing that, it will call WaitXLogInsertionsToFinish()

Although it's moot in the straightforward approach of re-zeroing in
the loop, it would still help my understanding of the system to know
if there is some subtlety that would have broken what I proposed
earlier, which was an extra flag to AdvanceXLInsertBuffer() that
would tell it not only to skip initializing headers, but also to
skip the WaitXLogInsertionsToFinish() check ... because I have
the entire region reserved and I hold all the writer slots
at that moment, it seems safe to assure AdvanceXLInsertBuffer()
that there are no outstanding writes to wait for.

I suppose it's true there's not much performance to gain; it would
save a few pairs of lock operations per empty page to be written,
but then, the more empty pages there are at the time of a log switch,
the less busy the system is, so the less it matters.


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