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Re: Hot Standby query cancellation and Streaming Replication integration

From: Greg Stark <gsstark(at)mit(dot)edu>
To: Greg Smith <greg(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>
Cc: PostgreSQL-development <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Hot Standby query cancellation and Streaming Replication integration
Date: 2010-02-26 12:10:07
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On Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 8:33 AM, Greg Smith <greg(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com> wrote:
> I'm not sure what you might be expecting from the above combination, but
> what actually happens is that many of the SELECT statements on the table
> *that isn't even being updated* are canceled.  You see this in the logs:

Well I proposed that the default should be to wait forever when
applying WAL logs that conflict with a query. Precisely because I
think the expectation is that things will "just work" and queries not
fail unpredictably. Perhaps in your test a larger max_standby_delay
would have prevented the cancellations but then as soon as you try a
query which lasts longer you would have to raise it again. There's no
safe value which will be right for everyone.

> If you're running a system that also is using Streaming Replication, there
> is a much better approach possible.

So I think one of the main advantages of a log shipping system over
the trigger-based systems is precisely that it doesn't require the
master to do anything it wasn't doing already. There's nothing the
slave can do which can interfere with the master's normal operation.

This independence is really a huge feature. It means you can allow
users on the slave that you would never let near the master. The
master can continue running production query traffic while users run
all kinds of crazy queries on the slave and drive it into the ground
and the master will continue on blithely unaware that anything's

In the model you describe any long-lived queries on the slave cause
tables in the master to bloat with dead records.

I think this model is on the roadmap but it's not appropriate for
everyone and I think one of the benefits of having delayed it is that
it forces us to get the independent model right before throwing in
extra complications. It would be too easy to rely on the slave
feedback as an answer for hard questions about usability if we had it
and just ignore the question of what to do when it's not the right
solution for the user.


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