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Re: PostgreSQL Configuration Tool for Dummies

From: Greg Smith <gsmith(at)gregsmith(dot)com>
To: pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: PostgreSQL Configuration Tool for Dummies
Date: 2007-06-26 18:14:24
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On Tue, 26 Jun 2007, Josh Berkus wrote:

> The problem is that there are no "safe, middle-of-the-road" values for some
> things, particularly max_connections and work_mem.

Your max_connections concern is one fact that haunts the idea of just 
giving out some sample configs for people.  Lance's tool asks outright the 
expectation for max_connections which I think is the right thing to do.

> Web app, typical machine:
> work_mem = 256kb
> default_statistics_target=100
> autovacuum=on

> Reporting app, same machine:
> work_mem = 32mb
> default_statistics_target=500
> autovacuum=off

I think people are stuck with actually learning a bit about work_mem 
whether they like it or not, because it's important to make it larger but 
we know going too high will be a problem with lots of connections doing 

As for turning autovacuum on/off and the stats target, I'd expect useful 
defaults for those would come out of how the current sample is asking 
about read vs. write workloads and expected database size.  Those simple 
to understand questions might capture enough of the difference between 
your two types here.

* Greg Smith gsmith(at)gregsmith(dot)com Baltimore, MD

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