On Wed, 18 Apr 2007, Tom Lane wrote:

Furthermore, if the page was dirty, then it's probably been accessed more recently than adjacent pages that are clean, so preferentially zapping just-written pages seems backwards.

The LRU background writer only writes out pages that have a usage_count of 0, so they can't haven't been accessed too recently. Assuming the buffer allocation rate continues its historical trend, these are the pages that are going to be written out and then allocated for something new one way or another in the next interval; the content is expected to be lost shortly no matter what.

As for preferring dirty pages over clean ones, on a re-read my question wasn't as clear as I wanted to be. I think that clean pages near the strategy point should also be moved to the free list by the background writer. You know clients are expected to require x buffers in the next y ms based on the history of the server (the new piece of information provided by the patch in the queue), and the LRU background writer is working in advance to make them available. If you're doing all that, doesn't it make sense to finish the job by putting the pages on the free list, where the clients can grab them without running their own scan over the buffer cache?

* Greg Smith [EMAIL PROTECTED] http://www.gregsmith.com Baltimore, MD

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