The postgresql.conf says that the maximum checkpoint_timeout is 1 hour.
However, the following messages seem to suggest that it may be useful to
set the value significantly higher to reduce unnecessary WAL volume:
Is there a reason for the hour-long limit on checkpoint_timeout? Is
there a cost to doing so, aside from potentially longer recovery time?
As I understand it, the background writer keeps the I/O more balanced
anyway, avoiding I/O spikes at checkpoint.
I don't need the checkpoint time to be higher than 1 hour, but I'm
trying to understand the reasoning behind the limit and the implications
of a longer checkpoint_timeout.
The docs here:
say that checkpoints cause extra disk I/O. Is there a good way to
measure how much extra I/O (and WAL volume) is caused by the
checkpoints? Also, it would be good to know how much total I/O is caused
by a checkpoint so that I know if bgwriter is doing it's job.
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