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Re: stats collector suddenly causing lots of IO

From: Josh Kupershmidt <schmiddy(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Chris <lists(at)deksai(dot)com>, pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: stats collector suddenly causing lots of IO
Date: 2010-04-16 16:31:51
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On Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 11:41 AM, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us> wrote:
> Wow.  Well, we have a smoking gun here: for some reason, autovacuum
> isn't running, or isn't doing its job if it is.  If it's not running
> at all, that would explain failure to prune the stats collector's file
> too.

Hrm, well autovacuum is at least trying to do work: it's currently
stuck on those bloated pg_catalog tables, of course. Another developer
killed an autovacuum of pg_attribute (or maybe it was pg_attrdef)
after it had been running for two weeks. See current pg_stat_activity
output attached, which shows the three autovacuum workers running plus
two manual VACUUM ANALYZEs I started yesterday.

> Is there anything in the postmaster log that would suggest autovac
> difficulties?

Yup, there are logs from April 1st which I just grepped through. I
attached the redacted output, and I see a few warnings about "[table]
contains more than "max_fsm_pages" pages with useful free space", as
well as "ERROR:  canceling autovacuum task".

Perhaps bumping up max_fsm_pages and making autovacuum settings more
aggressive will help me? I was also planning to run a CLUSTER of those
four bloated pg_catalog tables -- is this safe, particularly for
tables like pg_attrdef which rely on OIDs?


Attachment: pg_stat_activity.txt
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Attachment: pg_logs.txt
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