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Re: FW: [ADMIN] Shared_buffers and kernel parameters, tuning

From: Josh Berkus <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com>
To: Howard Oblowitz <HowardO(at)LEWIS-STORES(dot)com>,pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org
Cc: rune(dot)lending(at)inpoc(dot)com
Subject: Re: FW: [ADMIN] Shared_buffers and kernel parameters, tuning
Date: 2003-06-10 15:46:21
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> > shared_buffers = 117248 (shmmax / 2 / 1024 / 8 ) This I got from this
> > forum.
> > Does this sound right or am I totally out of bounds here? I have, as said

Out of bounds, through no fault of your own .... I'm still working on 
documentation for this.  However, let me qoute the upcoming supplimentary 

Sets the size of Postgres' memory buffer where queries are held before being 
fed into the Kernel buffer of the host system.  It's very important to 
remember that this is only a holding area, and not the total memory available 
for the server.  As such, resist the urge to set this number to a large 
portion of your RAM, as this will actually degrade performance on many OSes.  
Members of the pgsql-performance mailing list have found useful values in the 
range of 1000-6000, depending on available RAM, database size, and number of 
concurrent queries. No one has yet reported positive results for any number 
over 6000.

Josh Berkus
Aglio Database Solutions
San Francisco

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