I wrote:
> Gregory Stark <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
>> Is there any reason to experiment with this? I would have thought we would
>> divorce TOAST_MAX_CHUNK_SIZE from TOAST_THRESHOLD and hard code it as the 
>> same
>> expression that's there now. Ie, the largest size that can fit in a page.

> No, right now it's the largest size that you can fit 4 on a page.  It's
> not obvious to me that 4 is optimal once it's divorced from TOAST_THRESHOLD.
> It seems possible that the correct number is 1, and even if it's useful
> to keep the tuples smaller than that, there's no reason to assume 4 is
> the best number per page.

I've just committed changes that make it trivial to experiment with the
number of toast tuples per page:

#define EXTERN_TUPLES_PER_PAGE  4               /* tweak only this */

/* Note: sizeof(PageHeaderData) includes the first ItemId on the page */
                   MAXALIGN(sizeof(PageHeaderData) + (EXTERN_TUPLES_PER_PAGE-1) 
* sizeof(ItemIdData))) \
                  / EXTERN_TUPLES_PER_PAGE)

    (EXTERN_TUPLE_MAX_SIZE -                            \
     MAXALIGN(offsetof(HeapTupleHeaderData, t_bits)) -  \
     sizeof(Oid) -                                      \
     sizeof(int32) -                                    \

Anyone who's got time to run performance experiments, have at it ...

                        regards, tom lane

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