Joachim Wieland <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> On Mon, Jan 09, 2006 at 08:50:36PM -0500, Tom Lane wrote:
>> The proposed regression test seems unacceptably fragile, as well as
>> rather pointless.

> Why is it fragile?

As your own comment pointed out, the test would "fail" on a heavily
loaded system, due to sleeping too long.  I do not see the need for
such a test anyway --- the stats regression test will exercise the
code sufficiently.

>> BTW, a serious problem with just passing it off to pg_usleep like that
>> is that the sleep can't be aborted by a cancel request

> No, cancelling the sleep works (at least for Unix). Isn't cancelling
> implemented via a signal that interrupts select() ?

On some systems the signal will interrupt select.  On some, not.
Note the coding in bgwriter.c's main loop for instance.

                        regards, tom lane

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