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Re: formula about the number of WAL files

From: Robert Haas <robertmhaas(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: Simon Riggs <simon(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>
Cc: Fujii Masao <masao(dot)fujii(at)gmail(dot)com>, pgsql-docs <pgsql-docs(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: formula about the number of WAL files
Date: 2010-10-28 01:30:44
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On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 9:48 AM, Simon Riggs <simon(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com> wrote:
> On Fri, 2010-10-15 at 19:44 +0900, Fujii Masao wrote:
>> As the result of the above, the maximum number of WAL files in
>> pg_xlog is
>>     (2 + checkpoint_completion_target) * checkpoint_segments + 1
>>     or
>>     wal_keep_segments + checkpoint_segments + 1
>> So the original description seems to be correct. Am I missing
>> something?
> After some thought, I agree.

I've put back the original formula.

>> # My previous proposal is definitely wrong. Sorry for noise.
> I'd say the definition of wal_keep_segments isn't good, which is what is
> causing the problem here. Will sort that out another day.
> I will update the current code with some comments, so this doesn't
> happen again. Will do this on Tuesday now, no time left here.

This is probably a good idea, because the comments in xlog.c are a bit
sparse on this point, but I haven't tried to do it.

Robert Haas
The Enterprise PostgreSQL Company

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