Jim C. Nasby wrote:
On Thu, Jun 07, 2007 at 10:16:25AM -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
Heikki Linnakangas <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
Thinking about this whole idea a bit more, it occured to me that the current approach to write all, then fsync all is really a historical artifact of the fact that we used to use the system-wide sync call instead of fsyncs to flush the pages to disk. That might not be the best way to do things in the new load-distributed-checkpoint world.
How about interleaving the writes with the fsyncs?
I don't think it's a historical artifact at all: it's a valid reflection
of the fact that we don't know enough about disk layout to do low-level
I/O scheduling.  Issuing more fsyncs than necessary will do little
except guarantee a less-than-optimal scheduling of the writes.

If we extended relations by more than 8k at a time, we would know a lot
more about disk layout, at least on filesystems with a decent amount of
free space.

I doubt it makes that much difference. If there was a significant amount of fragmentation, we'd hear more complaints about seq scan performance.

The issue here is that we don't know which relations are on which drives and controllers, how they're striped, mirrored etc.

  Heikki Linnakangas
  EnterpriseDB   http://www.enterprisedb.com

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