On Fri, 2007-04-27 at 12:22 +0100, Heikki Linnakangas wrote:
> Tom Lane wrote:
> > "Simon Riggs" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> >> As regards the zero_damaged_pages question, I raised that some time ago
> >> but we didn't arrive at an explicit answer. All I would say is we can't
> >> allow invalid pages in the buffer manager at any time, whatever options
> >> we have requested, otherwise other code will fail almost immediately.
> > 
> > Yeah --- the proposed new bufmgr routine should probably explicitly zero
> > the content of the buffer.  It doesn't really matter in the context of
> > WAL recovery, since there can't be any concurrent access to the buffer,
> > but it'd make it safe to use in non-WAL contexts (I think there are
> > other places where we know we are going to init the page and so a
> > physical read is a waste of time).  
> To implement that correctly, I think we'd need to take the content lock 
> to clear the buffer if it's already found in the cache. It doesn't seem 
> right to me for the buffer manager to do that, in the worst case it 
> could lead to deadlocks if that function was ever used while holding 
> another buffer locked.
> What we could have is the semantics of "Return a buffer, with either 
> correct contents or completely zeroed out". It would act just like 
> ReadBuffer if the buffer was already in memory, and zero out the page 
> otherwise. That's a bit strange semantics to have, but is simple to 
> implement and works for the use-cases we've been talking about.

Sounds good.

> Patch implementing that attached. I named the function "ReadOrZeroBuffer".

We already have an API quirk similar to this: relation extension. It
seems strange to have two different kinds of special case API that are
used alongside each other in XLogReadBuffer()

Currently if we extend by a block we say
        buffer = ReadBuffer(reln, P_NEW);

Why not just add another option, so where you use ReadOrZeroBuffer we
just say
        buffer = ReadBuffer(reln, P_INIT);

which we then check for on entry by saying
        isInit = (blockNum == P_INIT);
just as we already do for P_NEW

That way you can do the code like this
        if (isExtend || isInit)
                /* new or initialised buffers are zero-filled */
                MemSet((char *) bufBlock, 0, BLCKSZ);
                if (isExtend)
                        smgrextend(reln->rd_smgr, blockNum, 
                                   (char *) bufBlock,

That way we don't have to have ReadBuffer_common etc..

  Simon Riggs             
  EnterpriseDB   http://www.enterprisedb.com

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