>>>>> It's fairly unusual to have a tomcat application of any size login to
>>>>> the db as the user. Could you share the reason why ?
>>>> The app is actually middleware for Adobe Flex frontend and PG backend,
>>>> not a regular web app. The architecture requires PG to know which user
>>>> has connected (lots of heavy lifting takes place in PG), and we so far
>>>> havent found any other way how to let PG know which user has connected.
>>>> The only alternative was to supply user ID in every PG function call but
>>>> that is messy and introduces it's own limitations as well. If you have
>>>> any suggestions I'm all ears! ;)
>>> Set a user variable after you've obtained a connection from the pool, and
>>> use that to log user-specific values. That way, you maintain the
>>> of connection pools, but can still identify individual users.
>> It would seem to me that if you need to scale this app then you are going
>> have to set the user in the application somewhere. Having all of the users
>> connect as themselves doesn't lend itself to being scalable.
> I guess you're right, but even so I should be able to scale it to hundreds
> of simultaneous users - the only limiting factor is number of connections on
> PG server.
> So is there a way to associate user variable with Postgres connection that
> can be picked up by SQL code running in that connection? Right now I can
> only think of PlPerl function that caches user id in a global variable, but
> am not sure about potential pitfalls of such setup...
Yes, that is what I was suggesting in my previous post. From an old
thread titled "can I define own variables?":
To do this, you need to set custom_variable_classes in postgresql.conf,
custom_variable_classes = uservars
and then you can do things like
SET uservars.foo = whatever;
So, you can use pooled connections for scalability. After you retrieve
a connection, set your user variable to contain the end user identifier.
Then you can retrieve it as necessary (e.g., in a trigger) for the
duration of the connection.
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