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Re: Background LRU Writer/free list

From: Gregory Stark <stark(at)enterprisedb(dot)com>
To: "Greg Smith" <gsmith(at)gregsmith(dot)com>
Cc: <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Background LRU Writer/free list
Date: 2007-04-18 17:33:40
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"Greg Smith" <gsmith(at)gregsmith(dot)com> writes:

> I'm mostly done with my review of the "Automatic adjustment of
> bgwriter_lru_maxpages" patch.  In addition to issues already brought up with
> that code, there are some small things that need to be done to merge it with
> the recent pg_stat_bgwriter patch, and I have some concerns about its unbounded
> scanning of the buffer pool; I'll write that up in more detail or just submit
> an improved patch as I get time this week.

I had a thought on this. Instead of sleeping for a constant amount of time and
then estimating the number of pages needed for that constant amount of time
perhaps what bgwriter should be doing is sleeping for a variable amount of
time and estimating the length of time it needs to sleep to arrive at a
constant number of pages being needed.

The reason I think this may be better is that "what percentage of the shared
buffers the bgwriter allows to get old between wakeups" seems more likely to
be a universal constant that people won't have to adjust than "fixed time
interval between bgwriter cleanup operations".

Just a thought.

  Gregory Stark

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