Manfred Spraul <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> One advantage of a seperate write and fsync call is better performance 
> for the writes that are triggered within AdvanceXLInsertBuffer: I'm not 
> sure how often that's necessary, but it's a write while holding both the 
> WALWriteLock and WALInsertLock. If every write contains an implicit 
> sync, that call would be much more expensive than necessary.

Ideally that path isn't taken very often.  But I'm currently having a
discussion off-list with a CMU student who seems to be seeing a case
where it happens a lot.  (She reports that both WALWriteLock and
WALInsertLock are causes of a lot of process blockages, which seems to
mean that a lot of the WAL I/O is being done with both held, which would
have to mean that AdvanceXLInsertBuffer is doing the I/O.  More when we
figure out what's going on exactly...)

                        regards, tom lane

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