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Re: [pgsql-hackers-win32] win32 performance - fsync question

From: "Dann Corbit" <DCorbit(at)connx(dot)com>
To: "Bruce Momjian" <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>,"Tom Lane" <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: "Magnus Hagander" <mha(at)sollentuna(dot)net>,"Michael Paesold" <mpaesold(at)gmx(dot)at>, <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>,<pgsql-hackers-win32(at)postgresql(dot)org>,"Merlin Moncure" <merlin(dot)moncure(at)rcsonline(dot)com>
Subject: Re: [pgsql-hackers-win32] win32 performance - fsync question
Date: 2005-03-17 19:24:24
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The default should clearly be the safest method.

Personally, I would disable anything but the safest method for all
database files that are not read-only.

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To: Tom Lane
Cc: Magnus Hagander; Michael Paesold; pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org;
pgsql-hackers-win32(at)postgresql(dot)org; Merlin Moncure
Subject: Re: [pgsql-hackers-win32] [HACKERS] win32 performance - fsync

Tom Lane wrote:
> Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us> writes:
> > However, I do prefer this patch and let Win32 have the same write
> > issues as Unix, for consistency.
> I agree that the open flag is more nearly O_DSYNC than O_SYNC.
> ISTM Windows' idea of fsync is quite different from Unix's and
> we should name the wal_sync_method that invokes it something different
> than fsync.  "write_through" or some such?  We already have precedent
> that not all wal_sync_method values are available on all platforms.
> I'm not taking a position on which the default should be ...

Yes, I am thinking that too.  I hesistated because it adds yet another
sync method, and we have to document it works only on Win32, but I see
no better solution.

I am going to let the Win32 users mostly vote on what the default should

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