On Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 7:50 AM, Amit Kapila wrote:
On Wednesday, January 16, 2013 4:02 PM Heikki Linnakangas wrote:
On 07.01.2013 16:23, Boszormenyi Zoltan wrote:
Since my other patch against pg_basebackup is now committed,
this patch doesn't apply cleanly, patch rejects 2 hunks.
The fixed up patch is attached.
Now that I look at this a high-level perspective, why are we only
worried about timeouts in the Copy-mode and when connecting? The
checkpoint could take a long time too, and if the server turns into a
black hole while the checkpoint is running, pg_basebackup will still
hang. Then again, a short timeout on that phase would be a bad idea,
because the checkpoint can indeed take a long time.
True, but IMO, if somebody want to take basebackup, he should do that when
the server is not loaded.
A lot of installations don't have such an optino, because there is no
time whe nthe server is not loaded.

In streaming replication, the keep-alive messages carry additional
information, the timestamps and WAL locations, so a keepalive makes
sense at that level. But otherwise, aren't we just trying to
TCP keepalives? TCP keepalives are not perfect, but if we want to have
an application level timeout, it should be implemented in the FE/BE

I don't think we need to do anything specific to pg_basebackup. The
can simply specify TCP keepalive settings in the connection string,
with any libpq program.
I think currently user has no way to specify TCP keepalive settings from
pg_basebackup, please let me know if there is any such existing way?
You can set it through environment variables. As was discussed
elsewhere, it would be good to have the ability to do it natively to
pg_basebackup as well.

I think specifying TCP settings is very cumbersome for most users, that's
the reason most standard interfaces (ODBC/JDBC) have such application level
timeout mechanism.

By implementing in FE/BE protocol (do you mean to say that make such
non-blocking behavior inside Libpq or something else), it might be generic
and can be used for others as well but it might need few interface changes.
If it's specifying them that is cumbersome, then that's the part we
should fix, rather than modifying the protocol, no?

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