In an attempt to throw the authorities off his trail, [EMAIL PROTECTED] (Markus Schaber) transmitted: > We should create a list of those needs, and then communicate those > to the kernel/fs developers. Then we (as well as other apps) can > make use of those features where they are available, and use the old > way everywhere else.
Which kernel/fs developers did you have in mind? The ones working on Linux? Or FreeBSD? Or DragonflyBSD? Or Solaris? Or AIX? Please keep in mind that many of the PostgreSQL developers are BSD folk that aren't particularly interested in creating bleeding edge Linux capabilities. Furthermore, I'd think long and hard before jumping into such a _spectacularly_ bleeding edge kind of project. The reason why you would want this would be if you needed to get some margin of performance. I can't see wanting that without also wanting some _assurance_ of system reliability, at which point I also want things like vendor support. If you've ever contacted Red Hat Software, you'd know that they very nearly refuse to provide support for any filesystem other than ext3. Use anything else and they'll make noises about not being able to assure you of anything at all. If you need high performance, you'd also want to use interesting sorts of hardware. Disk arrays, RAID controllers, that sort of thing. Vendors of such things don't particularly want to talk to you unless you're using a "supported" Linux distribution and a "supported" filesystem. Jumping into a customized filesystem that neither hardware nor software vendors would remotely consider supporting just doesn't look like a viable strategy to me. > Maybe Reiser4 is a step into the right way, and maybe even a > postgres plugin for Reiser4 will be worth the effort. Maybe XFS/JFS > etc. already have such capabilities. Maybe that's completely wrong. The capabilities tend to be redundant. They tend to implement vaguely similar transactional capabilities to what databases have to implement. The similarities are not close enough to eliminate either variety of "commit" as redundant. -- "cbbrowne","@","linuxfinances.info" http://linuxfinances.info/info/linux.html Rules of the Evil Overlord #128. "I will not employ robots as agents of destruction if there is any possible way that they can be re-programmed or if their battery packs are externally mounted and easily removable." <http://www.eviloverlord.com/> ---------------------------(end of broadcast)--------------------------- TIP 8: explain analyze is your friend