This is what the documentation says (see below).
But it does not tell my anything about what the actual buffer size is.
How do I know what the real buffer size is? I am using 8.4.4 and I am running
only one query at a time.
Sets the planner's assumption about the effective size of the disk
cache that is available to a single query. This is factored into
estimates of the cost of using an index; a higher value makes it more
likely index scans will be used, a lower value makes it more likely
sequential scans will be used. When setting this parameter you should
consider both PostgreSQL's shared buffers and the portion of the
kernel's disk cache that will be used for PostgreSQL
data files. Also, take into account the expected number of concurrent
queries on different tables, since they will have to share the
available space. This parameter has no effect on the size of shared
memory allocated by PostgreSQL, nor
does it reserve kernel disk cache; it is used only for estimation
purposes. The default is 128 megabytes (128MB).
--- On Tue, 5/25/10, Heikki Linnakangas heikki.linnakan...@enterprisedb.com
From: Heikki Linnakangas heikki.linnakan...@enterprisedb.com
Subject: Re: [HACKERS] Confused about the buffer pool size
To: MMK bom...@yahoo.com
Cc: PostgreSQL-development email@example.com
Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 11:36 AM
On 25/05/10 19:49, MMK wrote:
In the code (costsize.c), I see that effective_cache_size is set to
This is defined as follows in cost.h
#define DEFAULT_EFFECTIVE_CACHE_SIZE 16384
But when I say
show shared_buffers in psql I get,
In postgresql.conf file, the following lines appear
shared_buffers = 28MB # min 128kB # (change
requires restart)#temp_buffers = 8MB # min 800kB
So I am assuming that the buffer pool size is 28MB = 28 * 128 = 3584 8K pages.
So should effective_cache_size be set to 3584 rather than the 16384?
No. Please see the manual for what effective_cache_size means:
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