On Mon, Feb 26, 2007 at 09:22:42PM -0500, Tom Lane wrote:
> Alvaro Herrera <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > Matthew T. O'Connor wrote:
> >> I'm not sure it's a good idea to tie this to the vacuum cost delay 
> >> settings either, so let me as you this, how is this better than just 
> >> allowing the admin to set a new GUC variable like 
> >> autovacuum_hot_table_size_threshold  (or something shorter) which we can 
> >> assign a decent default of say 8MB.
> > Yeah, maybe that's better -- it's certainly simpler.
> I'm not liking any of these very much, as they seem critically dependent
> on impossible-to-tune parameters.  I think it'd be better to design this
> around having the first worker explicitly expose its state (list of
> tables to process, in order) and having subsequent workers key off that
> info.  The shared memory state could include the OID of the table each
> worker is currently working on, and we could keep the to-do list in some
> simple flat file for instance (since we don't care about crash safety).
> I'm not certain exactly what "key off" needs to mean; perhaps each
> worker should make its own to-do list and then discard items that are
> either in-progress or recently done by another worker when it gets to
> them.
The real problem is trying to set that up in such a fashion that keeps
hot tables frequently vacuumed; that means that the 2nd daemon in a
database either needs to avoid large tables that will take 'a
significant' length of time to vacuum, or you need to allow any number
of daemons in each database (which sounds like a good way to thrash the

> I think an absolute minimum requirement for a sane design is that no two
> workers ever try to vacuum the same table concurrently, and I don't see
> where that behavior will emerge from your proposal; whereas it's fairly
> easy to make it happen if non-first workers pay attention to what other
> workers are doing.

Isn't there a special lock acquired on a relation by vacuum? Can't we
just check for that? Seems much simpler than building out the ability
for daemons to see what each other is doing (and that still wouldn't
take manual vacuums into account.
Jim Nasby                                            [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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