Re: [HACKERS] Assertion failure when the non-exclusive pg_stop_backup aborted.

From: Michael Paquier <michael(dot)paquier(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: Masahiko Sawada <sawada(dot)mshk(at)gmail(dot)com>
Cc: Fujii Masao <masao(dot)fujii(at)gmail(dot)com>, PostgreSQL-development <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: [HACKERS] Assertion failure when the non-exclusive pg_stop_backup aborted.
Date: 2017-11-15 01:05:49
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On Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 9:06 AM, Masahiko Sawada <sawada(dot)mshk(at)gmail(dot)com> wrote:
>> On Nov 15, 2017 2:59 AM, "Fujii Masao" <masao(dot)fujii(at)gmail(dot)com> wrote:
>> + /* Quick exit if we have done the backup */
>> + if (XLogCtl->Insert.exclusiveBackupState == EXCLUSIVE_BACKUP_NONE)
>> + return;
>> This quick exit seems to cause another problem. Please imagine the
>> case where there is no exclusive backup running, a backend starts
>> non-exclusive backup and is terminated before calling pg_stop_backup().
>> In this case, do_pg_abort_backup() should decrement
>> XLogCtl->Insert.nonExclusiveBackups, but, with the patch, because of
>> the above quick exit, do_pg_abort_backup() fails to decrement that.
> Hmm, I think that in this case because exclusiveBackupState is not
> EXCLUSIVE_BACKUP_NONE, nonExclusiveBackups is surely decremented. Am I
> missing something?

Nah. Fujii-san is right here as exclusiveBackupState is never updated
for non-exclusive backups. You need an extra check on
sessionBackupState to make sure that even for non-exclusive backups
the counter is correctly decremented if a non-exclusive session lock
is hold. For an exclusive backup, the session lock can be either
SESSION_BACKUP_EXCLUSIVE if an exclusive backup is stopped on the same
session as the start phase, or SESSION_BACKUP_NONE if the exclusive
backup is stopped from a different session. So you'd basically need
+ /*
+ * Quick exit if we have done the exclusive backup or if session is
+ * not keeping around a started non-exclusive backup.
+ */
+ if (XLogCtl->Insert.exclusiveBackupState == EXCLUSIVE_BACKUP_NONE &&
+ return;

At the same time it would be safer at startup phase to update
sessionBackupState when holding the WAL insert lock to prevent other
CHECK_FOR_INTERRUPTS hazards. Suggestion of patch attached.

Attachment Content-Type Size
fix_do_pg_abort_backup_v4.patch application/octet-stream 1.9 KB

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