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Re: O_DSYNC broken on MacOS X?

From: Robert Haas <robertmhaas(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: Dave Page <dpage(at)pgadmin(dot)org>
Cc: pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: O_DSYNC broken on MacOS X?
Date: 2010-09-30 20:27:34
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On Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 4:09 PM, Dave Page <dpage(at)pgadmin(dot)org> wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 8:26 PM, Robert Haas <robertmhaas(at)gmail(dot)com> wrote:
>> Jayant Kumar did some benchmarking of InnoDB vs. PostgreSQL and PG
>> came out 5 times faster.  The benchmark isn't very thoroughly
>> described, but it turns out not to matter.
>> Apparently, the reason we're faster is that wal_sync_method =
>> open_datasync, which is the default on MacOS X, doesn't actually work.
> That might be true, but if you check the comments, Jayant replied to say:
> @Andrew : I am running linux - ubuntu 10.04 - kernel 2.6.32-24. Linux
> does not support fsync_writethrough
> So I don't think that invalidates his benchmark. Something else might
> of course...

Oh, I missed that.  Actually, I wasn't really so concerned with
whether his benchmark is correct.  I *am* concerned about being broken
out of the box on MacOS X.

(I also suspect problems with the benchmark.  It's hard to believe
we're 5x faster than InnoDB on an apples-to-apples comparison on
trivial queries.  I'd believe 20% either way, but 5x is a lot.  But
that's a question for another day.)

Robert Haas
The Enterprise Postgres Company

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