On Wed, 2008-07-23 at 21:38 +0300, Heikki Linnakangas wrote:
> Simon Riggs wrote:
> > On Tue, 2008-07-22 at 17:19 -0700, Martin Zaun wrote:
> >> 8. Unresolved question of implementing now/later a "cp" replacement
> > 
> > The patch implements what's been agreed. 
> > 
> > I'm not rewriting "cp", for reasons already discussed.
> > 
> > Not a comment to you Martin, but it's fairly clear that I'm not
> > maintaining this correctly for Windows. I've never claimed to have
> > tested this on Windows, and only included Windows related items as
> > requested by others. I need to make it clear that I'm not going to
> > maintain it at all, for Windows. If others wish to report Windows issues
> > then they can suggest appropriate fixes and test them also.
> Hmm. I just realized that replacing the "cp" command within pg_standby 
> won't help at all. The problem is with the command that copies the files 
> *to* the archivelocation that pg_standby polls, not with the copy 
> pg_standby does from archivelocation to pg_xlog. And we don't have much 
> control over that.
> We really need a more reliable way of detecting that a file has been 
> fully copied. One simple improvement would be to check the xlp_magic 
> field of the last page, though it still wouldn't be bullet-proof.
> Do the commands that preallocate the space keep the file exclusively 
> locked during the copy? If they do, shouldn't we get an error in trying 
> to run the restore copy command, and retry after the 1s sleep in 
> RestoreWALFileForRecovery? Though if the archive location is a samba 
> mount or something, I guess we can't rely on Windows-style exclusive 
> locking.

With respect, I need to refer you back to the my last paragraph above.

 Simon Riggs           www.2ndQuadrant.com
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