Please don't top post.

On 8/9/2017 2:30 PM, wrote:
> On 8/9/2017 2:17 PM, wrote:

>> On Wed, 9 Aug 2017 09:14:48 -0700, Jeff Janes <> wrote:

>> Why doesn't the Windows scheduled shutdown signal postgres to shutdown
>> cleanly and wait for it to do so?  That is what is supposed to happen.

> Windows *does* signal shutdown (and sleep and hibernate and wakeup).
> pg_ctl can catch these signals only when running as a service ... it
> will not catch any system signals when run as an application.

Ok, I am not sure. I run Postgres as a service, and when my Windows rebooted after a patch, UNLOGGED tables were cleaned... maybe the patch process in Windows messed something up, I don't know.

Hmm. Do you have checkpoint intervals set very long? Or do you have the Windows shutdown delay(s) set short?

Data in unlogged tables persists only AFTER a checkpoint ... if the tables had been written to and were "dirty", and the system went down before the shutdown checkpoint (or before the shutdown checkpoint completed), then the tables would be truncated at the next startup.

Service control in Windows is very different from Unix/Linux, and Windows is not completely POSIX compatible. I develop software for Windows and Linux, but I only use Postgresql. Postgresql was written originally for Unix and it is possible that the Windows version is not doing something quite right.

I took a quick glance at the source for pg_ctl: SERVICE_CONTROL_SHUTDOWN and SERVICE_CONTROL_STOP both just set an shared event to notify the writer processes to terminate. Offhand I don't see where pg_ctl - running as a service - is waiting for the writer processes to actually terminate ( it does wait if run from the command line ). It's possible that your system shut down too quickly and the WAL writer was killed instead of terminating cleanly.

Just FYI, re: Postgresql as a user application.

Windows doesn't send *signals* (ala Unix) at all ... it is message based. The control messages are different for applications and services - e.g., WM_SHUTDOWN is sent to applications, SERVICE_CONTROL_SHUTDOWN is sent to services. In order for an application to catch a message, it must create a window.

pg_ctl is a command line program which does not create any windows (in any mode). It was designed to enable it to run as a service, but when run as a user application it will can't receive any system messages. The user *must* manually stop a running database cluster before shutting down or sleeping.


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