From: Thomas Munro <thomas(dot)munro(at)enterprisedb(dot)com>
To: Pg Hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: setproctitle_fast()
Date: 2018-07-04 22:09:09
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Hello hackers,

FreeBSD's setproctitle() is a bit slow because it contains a syscall
or two, so people often run PostgreSQL with update_process_title set
to off on that OS. That makes the user experience not quite as nice
as Linux. As a weekend learn-me-some-kernel-hacking project I fixed
that and got the patch committed to FreeBSD 12, though I was asked to
use a new libc entry point _fast(). Here's a patch to teach
PostgreSQL about that. It doesn't have much effect on small systems,
but it makes "pgbench -c 40 -j 40 -S -M prepared" do ~10% more
transactions per second on an AWS m4.10xlarge instance.

I'll park this patch here until the FreeBSD feature escapes in a
RELEASE version in a few months.

For anyone interested, has
some notes on this and other such things.

Thomas Munro

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0001-Use-setproctitle_fast-to-update-the-ps-status-if-ava.patch application/octet-stream 4.1 KB


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