Josh Berkus wrote:
> 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.
That is pretty spot on.
> It seriously narrows down the problem space to know that PostgreSQL does
> allow data loss if it's physically possible to prevent it.
But we do don't we? fsync = off, full_page_writes = off?
> 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:
I agree with this.
> 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.
WOAH... that seems excessive. There are a couple of things going on here.
1. We have a potential increase in performance for certain workloads.
This is good, but must be proven. IS that proof 50%? Bah.. let's talk
2. We have to accept that not everyone wants IRON clad data integrity.
We have many, many options for dealing with that now, including PITR and
> b) Why this and not global temporary tables or queuing?
/me would love global temp tables.
Much of the PostgreSQL Users out there today, will happily loose a 15
minutes of data if it means their data is served 25% faster.
Joshua D. Drake
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