About the maths: As already said, I'm not at ease with a random_zipfian
function which does not display a (good) zipfian distribution. At the
minimum the documentation should be clear about the approximations
implied depending on the parameter value.
I add one more sentence to documentation to emphasize that degree of
proximity depends on parameter .
And also I made restriction on
parameter, now it can be only in range (0; 1)
Hmmm. On second thought, maybe one or the other is enough, either restrict
the parameter to values where the approximation is good, or put out a
clear documentation about when the approximation is not very good, but it
may be still useful even if not precise.
So I would be in favor of expanding the documentation but not restricting
the parameter beyond avoiding value 1.0.
Now it prints warning message if array overflowed. To print message only
one time, it uses global flag, which is available for all threads. And
theoretically message can be printed more than one time. [...]
So, should I spend time on solving this issue?
No. Just write a comment.
If the zipf cache is constant size, there is no point in using dynamic
allocation, just declare an array…
Fixed. Does ZIPF_CACHE_SIZE = 15 is ok?
My guess is yes, till someone complains that it is not the case;-)
There should be non regression tests somehow. If the "improve pgbench
tap test infrastructure" get through, things should be added there.
I will send tests later, as separate patch.
I think that developping a test would be much simpler with the improved
tap test infrastructure, so I would suggest to wait to know the result of
the corresponding patch.
Also, could you recod the patch to CF 2017-09?
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