On Mon, 25 Jun 2007, Tom Lane wrote:

I'm not sure why you hold such strong allegiance to the status quo. We know that the status quo isn't working very well.

Don't get me wrong here; I am a big fan of this patch, think it's an important step forward, and it's exactly the fact that I'm so shell shocked from abuse by the status quo that I'm still mixed up in this mess (I really should be ignoring the lot of you and writing new code instead).

LDC certainly makes things better in almost every case. My "allegiance" comes from having seen a class of transactions where LDC made things worse on a fast/overloaded system, in that it made some types of service guarantees harder to meet, and I just don't know who else might run into problems in that area. I'm worried that if it's not adjustable, you're introducing a risk that you'll take a step backward for some of this code's users, and that will be hard to undo given the way releases are structured here.

I spent some time trading stocks for a living. There are sometimes situations you can get into there where there is a tiny chance that something very bad can happen with a trade, and many people get wiped out by such things. If it's possible in that situation to remove that risk with something inexpensive, you do it, even though the net expected value of the change might be slightly negative. This seems like such a situation to me. If it's possible to take away the risk of other people running into an unforseen problem with the LDC patch just by keeping a knob that's already there, unless that's an expensive operation my opinion is that you should pick a good default but not remove it yet.

And if you think that the current code had enormous amounts of testing before it went in, I've got to disillusion you :-(

It's having been on the painful receiving end of that fact that makes me so paranoid now :)

* Greg Smith [EMAIL PROTECTED] http://www.gregsmith.com Baltimore, MD

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