On Tue, 2006-12-05 at 15:14 -0500, Tom Lane wrote:
> "Simon Riggs" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > On Mon, 2006-11-27 at 18:26 -0500, Tom Lane wrote:
> >> [ studies code a bit more... ] I'm also wondering whether the forced
> >> pg_control update at each xlog seg switch is worth its keep. Offhand
> >> it seems like the checkpoint pointer is enough; why are we maintaining
> >> logId/logSeg in pg_control?
> > We maintain the values in shared memory to allow us to determine whether
> > or not its time to checkpoint, and also to ensure that there is one and
> > only one call to checkpoint. So we need to keep track of this somewhere
> > and that may as well be where it already is.
> Say again? AFAICT those fields are write-only; the only place we
> consult them is to decide whether they need to be updated. My thought
> was to remove 'em altogether.
Thats what I thought originally.
However, they guard the entrance to RequestCheckpoint() and after they
have been set nobody else will call it - look at the test immediately
prior to the rows changed by the patch. That comparison is why we still
need them and why they aren't just write-only.
So they need to be there, but we just don't need to write them to
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