Tom Lane wrote:
> The behavior you seem to have in mind would be completely disastrous
> from a performance standpoint, as we'd be writing and fsyncing
> pg_control constantly during a recovery.
Please define "constantly". We discussed that part of the patch here:
> I wouldn't consider that a
> good idea from a reliability standpoint either --- the more writes to
> pg_control, the more risk of fatal corruption of that file.
We certainly update it an order of magnitude more often than before, but
I don't think that's an issue. We're talking about archive recovery
here. It's not like in normal operation where a corrupt pg_control file
means that you lose your data. It will stop the server from starting up,
but there's many other files that can be corrupt in a way that causes
recovery to fail or stop too early.
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