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Re: Snapshot synchronization, again...

From: Heikki Linnakangas <heikki(dot)linnakangas(at)enterprisedb(dot)com>
To: Joachim Wieland <joe(at)mcknight(dot)de>
Cc: Robert Haas <robertmhaas(at)gmail(dot)com>, Alvaro Herrera <alvherre(at)commandprompt(dot)com>, Noah Misch <noah(at)leadboat(dot)com>, pgsql-hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Snapshot synchronization, again...
Date: 2011-02-27 14:04:31
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On 23.02.2011 03:00, Joachim Wieland wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 3:34 PM, Heikki Linnakangas
> <heikki(dot)linnakangas(at)enterprisedb(dot)com>  wrote:
>> Yes, that's the point I was trying to make. I believe the idea of a hash was
>> that it takes less memory than storing the whole snapshot (and more
>> importantly, a fixed amount of memory per snapshot). But I'm not convinced
>> either that dealing with a hash is any less troublesome.
> Both Tom and Robert voted quite explicitly against the
> store-in-shared-memory idea. Others don't want to allow people request
> arbitrary snapshots and again others wanted to pass the snapshot
> through the client so that in the future we could also request
> snapshots from standby servers. The hash idea seemed to at least make
> nobody unhappy.
> For easier review, here are a few links to the previous discusion:
> Why exactly, Heikki do you think the hash is more troublesome?

It just feels wrong to rely on cryptography just to save some shared memory.

I realize that there are conflicting opinions on this, but from user 
point-of-view the hash is just a variant of the idea of passing the 
snapshot through shared memory, just implemented in an indirect way.

> And how
> could we validate/invalidate snapshots without the checksum (assuming
> the through-the-client approach instead of storing the whole snapshot
> in shared memory)?

Either you accept anything that passes sanity checks, or you store the 
whole snapshot in shared memory (or a temp file). I'm not sure which is 
better, but they both seem better than the hash.

   Heikki Linnakangas

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