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Re: Re: Hot Standby query cancellation and StreamingReplication integration

From: Aidan Van Dyk <aidan(at)highrise(dot)ca>
To: Greg Stark <gsstark(at)mit(dot)edu>
Cc: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>, Josh Berkus <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com>,pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Re: Hot Standby query cancellation and StreamingReplication integration
Date: 2010-02-26 20:25:33
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* Greg Stark <gsstark(at)mit(dot)edu> [100226 15:10]:
> On Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 7:16 PM, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us> wrote:
> > I don't see a "substantial additional burden" there.  What I would
> > imagine is needed is that the slave transmits a single number back
> > --- its current oldest xmin --- and the walsender process publishes
> > that number as its transaction xmin in its PGPROC entry on the master.
> And when we want to support cascading slaves?
> Or when you want to bring up a new slave and it suddenly starts
> advertising a new xmin that's older than the current oldestxmin?
> But in any case if I were running a reporting database I would want it
> to just stop replaying logs for a few hours while my big batch report
> runs, not cause the master to be unable to vacuum any dead records for
> hours. That defeats much of the purpose of running the queries on the
> slave.

*I* would be quite happy having the stop--and-go and the closed-loop be
the only 2 modes of operation, and I'ld even be quite happy if the were
both limited to separate method:

1) Running SR - then you are forced to use a closed-loop
2) Running HS from a backup/archive - forced to use stop-n-go

#1 still needs to deal ith a slave "disappearing" and not advancing xmin
for a period (TCP timeout)?

I'll note that until SR does synchronous streaming rep (which will
likely require some close-loop plan to allow the slave to be hot), I
want situation #2, and hopefully the knob to control how long it allows
a "stop" before going again can be a HUP'able knob so I can change it
occasionally without taking the server down...

Aidan Van Dyk                                             Create like a god,
aidan(at)highrise(dot)ca                                       command like a king,                                   work like a slave.

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