> I've seen these messages in the log before, and am aware of the need to
> increase checkpoint_segments, but I wasn't aware that recycling a
> transaction log could be that damaging to performance. There may have
> been some local hiccup in this case, but I'm wondering if recycling is
> known to be a big hit in general, and if I should strive to tune so that
> it never happens (if that's possible)?

Yes, and yes.   Simply allocating more checkpoint segments (which can eat a 
lot of disk space -- requirements are 16mb*(2 * segments +1) ) will prevent 
this problem.

Josh Berkus
Aglio Database Solutions
San Francisco

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