Tom Lane wrote:
Simon Riggs <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
Revised patch enclosed, now believed to be production ready. This
implements regular log switching using the archive_timeout GUC.

Further patch enclosed implementing these changes plus the record type
version of pg_xlogfile_name_offset()

Applied with minor changes --- it seemed better to me to put tracking of
the last xlog switch time directly into xlog.c, instead of having the
bgwriter code try to determine whether a switch had happened recently.

I noticed a minor annoyance while testing: when the system is completely
idle, you get a forced segment switch every checkpoint_timeout seconds,
even though there is nothing useful to log.  The checkpoint code is
smart enough not to do a checkpoint if nothing has happened since the
last one, and the xlog switch code is smart enough not to do a switch
if nothing has happened since the last one ... but they aren't talking
to each other and so each one's change looks like "something happened"
to the other one.  I'm not sure how much trouble it's worth taking to
prevent this scenario, though.  If you can't afford a WAL file switch
every five minutes, you probably shouldn't be using archive_timeout
anyway ...

Actually, this behaviour IMHO even has it's advantages - if you can be
sure that at least one wal will be archived every 5 minutes, then it's
easy to monitor the replication - you can just watch the logfile if the
slave, and send a failure notice if no logfile is imported at least
every 10 minutes or so.

Of course, for this to be useful, the documentation would have to tell
people about that behaviour, and it couldn't easily be changed in the next

greetings, Florian Pflug

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