On Thu, Nov 2, 2017 at 4:33 PM, Craig Ringer <cr...@2ndquadrant.com> wrote: >> Add the ability to the PostgreSQL server instance to route the traffic to a >> different server instance based on the rules defined in server’s pg_bha.conf >> configuration file. At a high level this enables offloading the user >> requests to a different server instance based on the rules defined in the >> pg_hba.conf configuration file. > > pg_hba.conf is "host based access [control]" . I'm not sure it's > really the right place.
Well, we could invent someplace else, but I'm not sure I quite see the point (full disclosure: I suggested the idea of doing this via pg_hba.conf in an off-list discussion). I do think the functionality is useful, for the same reasons that HTTP redirects are useful. For example, let's say you have all of your databases for various clients on a single instance. Then, one client starts using a lot more resources, so you want to move that client to a separate instance on another VM. You can set up logical replication to replicate all of the data to the new instance, and then add a pg_hba.conf entry to redirect connections to that database to the new master (this would be even smoother if we had multi-master replication in core). So now that client is moved off to another machine in a completely client-transparent way. I think that's pretty cool. > When this has come up before, one of the issues has been determining > what exactly should constitute "read only" vs "read write" for the > purposes of redirecting work. Yes, that needs some thought. > Backends used just for a redirect would be pretty expensive though. Not as expensive as proxying the whole connection, as pgpool and other systems do today. I think the in-core use of this redirect functionality is useful, but I think the real win would be optionally using it in pgpool and pgbouncer. -- Robert Haas EnterpriseDB: http://www.enterprisedb.com The Enterprise PostgreSQL Company -- Sent via pgsql-hackers mailing list (email@example.com) To make changes to your subscription: http://www.postgresql.org/mailpref/pgsql-hackers