"Jim C. Nasby" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> An advantage to being able to stop the server is that you could have one
> server processing backups for multiple PostgreSQL clusters by going
> through them 1 (or more likely, 2, 4, etc) at a time, essentially
> providing N+1 capability.

Why wouldn't you implement that by putting N postmasters onto the backup
server?  It'd be far more efficient than the proposed patch, which by
aborting at random points is essentially guaranteeing a whole lot of
useless re-replay of WAL whenever you restart it.

                        regards, tom lane

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