On Fri, Aug 4, 2017 at 2:17 AM, Peter Eisentraut
<peter.eisentr...@2ndquadrant.com> wrote:
> On 7/13/17 23:53, Masahiko Sawada wrote:
>> To summary, I think we now have only one issue; ALTER SUBSCRIPTION is
>> not transactional, 0004 patch is addressing this issue .
> We have two competing patches for this issue.  This patch moves the
> killing to the end of the DDL transaction.  Your earlier patch makes the
> tablesync work itself responsible for exiting.  Do you wish to comment
> which direction to pursue?  (Doing both might also be an option?)

To make ALTER SUBSCRIPTION REFRESH being transactional, I prefer
Petr's proposal. Because it can make ALTER SUBSCRIPTION and DROP
SUBSCRIPTION stop the table sync workers that are in progress of
copying data. I'm not sure killing table sync workers in DDL commands
would be acceptable but since it can free unnecessary slots of logical
replication workers and replication slots I'd prefer this idea.

However, even with this patch there is still an issue that NOTICE
messages "removed subscription for table public.t1" can be appeared
even if we rollback ALTER SUBSCRIPTION REFRESH command as I mentioned
on earlier thread. Since I think this behaviour will confuse users who
check server logs I'd like to deal with it, I don't have a good idea

Also, I think we can incorporate the idea of my earlier proposal with
some changes (i.g. I'd choose the third option). In current
implementation, in case where a subscription relation state is
accidentally removed while the corresponding table sync worker is
progress of copying data, it cannot exit from a loop in
wait_for_worker_state_change unless the apply worker dies. So to be
more robust, table sync workers can finish with an error if its
subscription relation state has disappeared.


Masahiko Sawada
NTT Open Source Software Center

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