On Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 23:19, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us> wrote:
> Magnus Hagander <magnus(at)hagander(dot)net> writes:
>> On Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 17:13, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us> wrote:
>>> I think link(2) would create race conditions of its own. I'd be
>>> inclined to suggest that maybe we should just special-case a zero length
>>> postmaster.pid file as meaning "okay to proceed". In general, garbage
>> That's pretty much what I meant - but with a warning message.
> Actually ... wait a minute. If we allow that, don't we create a race
> condition between two postmasters starting at almost the same instant?
> The second one could see the lock file when the first has created but
> not yet filled it.
Good point, yeah, it should do that. But I still think it's rare
enough that just special-casing the error message should be enough...
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