On 2/3/2007 5:20 PM, Bruce Momjian wrote:
Jan Wieck wrote:
I don't have any such paper and the proof of concept will be the
implementation of the system. I do however see enough resistance against
this proposal to withdraw the commit timestamp at this time. The new
replication system will therefore require the installation of a patched,
non-standard PostgreSQL version, compiled from sources cluster wide in
order to be used. I am aware that this will dramatically reduce it's
popularity but it is impossible to develop this essential feature as an
I thank everyone for their attention.
Going and working on it on your own doesn't seem like the proper
solution. I don't see people objecting to adding it, but they want it
work, which I am sure you want too. You have to show how it will work
and convince others of that, and then you have a higher chance it will
work, and be in the PostgreSQL codebase.
I think I have sufficiently detailed explained how this Lamport
timestamp will be unique and ever increasing, with the nodes ID being
used as a tie breaker. The only thing important for "last update wins"
conflict resolution is that whatever timestamp you have associated with
a row, the update you do to it must be associated with a later timestamp
so that all other nodes will overwrite the data. If a third node gets
the two updates out of order, it will do the second nodes update and
since the row it has then has a later timestamp then the first update
arriving late, it will throw away that information. All nodes in sync
This is all that is needed for last update wins resolution. And as said
before, the only reason the clock is involved in this is so that nodes
can continue autonomously when they lose connection without conflict
resolution going crazy later on, which it would do if they were simple
counters. It doesn't require microsecond synchronized clocks and the
system clock isn't just used as a Lamport timestamp.
The problem seems to me that people want a full scale proof of concept
for the whole multimaster replication system I'm planning instead of
thinking isolated about this one aspect, the intended use case and other
possible uses for it (like table logging). And we all know that that
discussion will take us way behind the 8.3 feature freeze date, so the
whole thing will never get done.
I don't want to work on this on my own and I sure would prefer it to be
a default PostgreSQL feature. As said, I have learned some things from
Slony-I. One of them is that I will not go through any more ugly
workarounds in order to not require a patched backend. If the features I
really need aren't going to be in the default codebase, people will have
to install from patched sources.
Finally, again, Slony-I could have well used this feature. With a
logical commit timestamp, I would have never even thought about that
other wart called xxid. It would have all been sooo much easier.
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