"Simon Riggs" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> On Tue, 2007-08-07 at 15:14 -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
>> "Simon Riggs" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
>>> We also need something that will re-zero the stats when they reach
>>> anywhere near integer overflow, since we must not allow them to wrap. I
>>> would suggest we simply reset all values to zero for that table.
>> pgstat counters are int64.

> You would prefer undefined behaviour at wrap?

You should live so long as to have a problem with it.  Do the math:
at one increment every nanosecond, 24x7x365, you'd be risking overflow
after about 300 years of continuous initdb-less operation.  For someone
opining that important features are OK to omit from HOT for 8.3, I have
to question your judgment in worrying about this.

(In point of fact, I'd expect a database to wrap its WAL LSN counter
long before any particular pgstat counter could overflow.  Someday we
might want to worry about that, but probably not in my lifetime.)

                        regards, tom lane

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