Re: Exposing the stats snapshot timestamp to SQL

From: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Matt Kelly <mkellycs(at)gmail(dot)com>
Cc: Jim Nasby <Jim(dot)Nasby(at)bluetreble(dot)com>, PostgreSQL mailing lists <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Exposing the stats snapshot timestamp to SQL
Date: 2015-02-20 03:01:12
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Matt Kelly <mkellycs(at)gmail(dot)com> writes:
>> Yeah. The only use-case that's been suggested is detecting an
>> unresponsive stats collector, and the main timestamp should be plenty for
>> that.

> The problem with doing highly granular snapshots is that the postgres
> counters are monotonically increasing, but only when stats are published.
> Currently you have no option except to divide by the delta of now() between
> the polling intervals. If you poll every 2 seconds the max error is about
> .5/2 or 25%. It makes reading those numbers a bit noisy. Using
> (snapshot_timestamp_new
> - snapshot_timestamp_old) as the denominator in that calculation should
> help to smooth out that noise and show a clearer picture.

Ah, interesting! Thanks for pointing out another use case.

regards, tom lane

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