Re: [PATCH] Rename pg_switch_xlog to pg_switch_wal

From: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>
To: Stephen Frost <sfrost(at)snowman(dot)net>
Cc: Daniel Verite <daniel(at)manitou-mail(dot)org>, Peter Eisentraut <peter(dot)eisentraut(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>, Robert Haas <robertmhaas(at)gmail(dot)com>, Andres Freund <andres(at)anarazel(dot)de>, Fujii Masao <masao(dot)fujii(at)gmail(dot)com>, Vladimir Rusinov <vrusinov(at)google(dot)com>, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>, Euler Taveira <euler(at)timbira(dot)com(dot)br>, David Steele <david(at)pgmasters(dot)net>, Michael Paquier <michael(dot)paquier(at)gmail(dot)com>, Jim Nasby <Jim(dot)Nasby(at)bluetreble(dot)com>, Cynthia Shang <cynthia(dot)shang(at)crunchydata(dot)com>, PostgreSQL-development <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Rename pg_switch_xlog to pg_switch_wal
Date: 2017-02-22 22:18:42
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On Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 05:21:28AM -0500, Stephen Frost wrote:
> > Also googling for pg_wal, I'm finding food for thought like this
> > IBM technote:
> >
> > which recommends to
> > "Remove all files under /var/lib/pgsql/9.0/data/pg_wal/"
> > and also calls that directory the "write-ahead log directory"
> > which is quite confusing because apparently it's the destination of
> > their archive command.
> It's certainly unfortunate that people have thought that they can create
> arbitrary directories under the PG data directory. That's never going
> to be safe, witness that we've created new directories under PGDATA in
> the last few releases and I don't see any reason why that would change
> moving forward. Perhaps we should check for the existance of such a
> directory during pg_upgrade and throw an error, and we should go back
> and do the same for other directories which have been added over
> releases, but I'm not sure I can see an argument for doing much more
> than that.

Actually, pg_upgrade already checks for some odd directories stored
inside of PGDATA:

WARNING: new data directory should not be inside the
old data directory, e.g. %s\n", old_cluster_pgdata);

WARNING: user-defined tablespace locations should
not be inside the data directory, e.g. %s\n", old_tablespace_dir);

Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>

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