Greg Stark <gsstark(at)mit(dot)edu> writes:
> It occurs to me that at least on some OSes the WAL logs are being synced with
> O_SYNC or its ilk. In those cases the writes should be guaranteed to be
> written out in the order postgres wrote them. So if the tail end of the WAL
> entry is there (is there any sort of footer?) then the entire entry must be
> there. In that case is there any need to calculate the CRC at all?
Sure. How else do you know that the entry is all there *and is valid*?
There's no "footer", and if there were it might still be garbage (eg
left over from a prior cycle).
Also, I doubt that O_SYNC could do anything to guarantee write order of
the individual sectors within a page.
regards, tom lane
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