Tom Lane wrote:
Alvaro Herrera <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
Andrew Dunstan wrote:
I don't understand how we decide that everybody who needs a given event+message has got it, if we don't know who (if anyone) is listening? How do we decide that we no longer need the info in the shmem buffer?

Keep a pointer in shared memory for each listener backend, saying how
far it has scanned the ring?  There would be a single writing pointer,
so it's trivial to see when the ring is "full".

Right.  Read the code in src/backend/storage/ipc/sinvaladt.c, especially
SIInsertDataEntry, SIGetDataEntry, SIDelExpiredDataEntries.

Are we keeping use of SIGUSR2 in this scheme?

What for?  Just protect the write pointer with a lwlock and have
listeners check whether somebody has written something.

You do want something comparable to SIGUSR2 to prod active backends to
consume messages, in case they are busy doing a query and hence not
checking the ring.  I'm envisioning something like having the SIGUSR2
signal handler set a flag that's checked by CHECK_FOR_INTERRUPTS(),
and if set then ProcessInterrupts will go off and absorb messages.
Onlookers can tell who's falling behind by noting where their read
pointers are, and can issue SIGUSR2 to the laggards --- in particular,
any backend that finds itself unable to insert a NOTIFY into the ring
for lack of space can SIGUSR2 the laggards and then sleep a little.


OK, thanks. Will study further.



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