On Mon, 2007-09-24 at 10:39 +0100, Heikki Linnakangas wrote:
> Simon Riggs wrote:
> > On Mon, 2007-09-24 at 10:02 +0100, Heikki Linnakangas wrote:
> >> How about just using MaxHeapTuplesPerPage? With the default 8K block
> >> size, it's not that much more than 200, but makes the above gripes
> >> completely go away. That seems like the safest option at this point.
> > 
> > It would be much better to use a value for each table. Any constant
> > value will be sub-optimal in many cases. 
> Allocating extra memory doesn't usually do much harm, as long as you
> don't actually use it. The reason we're now limiting it is to avoid Out
> Of Memory errors if you're running with overcommit turned off, and
> autovacuum triggers a vacuum on multiple tables at the same time.
> Let's keep it simple. Per-table setting would be much more complex and
> would be something that the DBA would need to calculate and set. If you
> really do run into this problem, you can just dial down
> maintenance_work_mem.

Much more complex? RelationGetAvgFSM(relation)??

> > Let's use our knowledge of the table to calculate a sensible value. We
> > often have average row length available from last VACUUM, don't we? Use
> > that, plus 10%.
> If there's dead line pointers in the table, left behind by HOT pruning,
> the average row length would be completely bogus. Using the dead_tuples
> stats directly would be more reasonable, but I would like us to keep
> this even more conservative than that.

That's a better argument.

Since we have committed HOT, I would suggest we move the default of
autovacuum_max_workers down to 2. That will limit the default amount of
memory used by VACUUMs much better than trying to get the values
precisely and we expect them to run much less frequently anyway now.

  Simon Riggs
  2ndQuadrant  http://www.2ndQuadrant.com

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