Josh Berkus <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
>> Even if we had a semaphore of the sort you suggest, I doubt people would
>> want DROP DATABASE to wait indefinitely.  The real question here is how
>> long is it reasonable for DROP DATABASE to wait before failing ...

> 10 to 15 seconds, I'd say.  Is that going to be long enough for backends to 
> release, assuming the DB isn't under extreme load?

While testing this, 10 seconds seemed too long --- more than long enough
for someone to start thinking it's broken.  I settled on 5 seconds which
seemed about the edge of the threshold of pain.  Our experience with the
buildfarm suggests that 1 second is usually long enough (since that's
the delay we were using in the contrib regression tests, and they don't
fail often on this), so I think it'll be all right at 5.

                        regards, tom lane

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