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Walsender process patch v1 for Synch Rep

From: "Fujii Masao" <masao(dot)fujii(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Cc: "Simon Riggs" <simon(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>, "Heikki Linnakangas" <heikki(dot)linnakangas(at)enterprisedb(dot)com>
Subject: Walsender process patch v1 for Synch Rep
Date: 2008-11-05 14:17:14
Message-ID: 3f0b79eb0811050617o3237130awb4aec1d3a2daacab@mail.gmail.com (view raw or flat)
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Hi,

> To be reviewed easily, I'm splitting Synch Rep patch into some pieces.

Attached is a patch only to start and manage walsender process. This patch
don't include replication itself, walreceiver and signal handling patch, etc.

The outline of this patch is as follow:

Authentication
-----------------------
As pointed out at another thread, for authentication, I defined the database
only for replication (named "walsender" tentatively). walsender database is
not pseudo but created by initdb like postgres database, because the user
can re-create it easily even if it is lost accidentally.

If the startup packet specifies walsender database, a backend declares
postmaster working as walsender. Then, the backend is removed from
BackendList and managed as background process by postmaster.

Replication message
---------------------------------
I defined new message type 'R', which means the start of replication. If the
message is received, walsender will perform the main routine. Of course,
a backend who is not walsender cannot perform the routine.

Shutdown
----------------
I arranged the shutdown timing of walsender. For example, in smart
shutdown case, walsender should exit after bgwriter at least in order to
replicate a shutdown checkpoint xlog.

Initialization
--------------------
In the main routine, walsender sets up signal handlers, etc again.

And some bug fixes.

Regards,

-- 
Fujii Masao
NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION
NTT Open Source Software Center

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