One of the things I love about doing informal online user support in the 
PostgreSQL community, and formal user support for Sun's customers, is the 
almost-ironclad guarentee that if a user has a corrupt database or data loss, 
one of three things is true:
a) they didn't apply some recommended PG update;
b) they have a bad disk controller or disk config;
c) they have bad ram.

It seriously narrows down the problem space to know that PostgreSQL does *not* 
allow data loss if it's physically possible to prevent it.

Therefore, if we're going to arm a foot-gun as big as COMMIT NOWAIT for 
PostgreSQL, I'd like to see the answers to two questions:

a) Please give some examples of performance gain on applications using COMMIT 
NOWAIT.  The performance gain needs to be substantial (like, 50% to 100%) to 
justify a compromise like this.

b) Why this and not global temporary tables or queuing?

Josh Berkus
PostgreSQL @ Sun
San Francisco

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