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wal_level

Parameter description: Specifies the level of the information that is written to the write ahead log (WAL).

This parameter is a POSTMASTER parameter. Set it based on instructions provided in Table 1.

NOTICE:

  • To enable WAL archiving and data streaming replication between primary and standby servers, set this parameter to archive or hot_standby.
  • This parameter can be set to minimal only in a single-server system. When the parameter value is minimal, archive_mode must be set to off, hot_standby must be set to off, and max_wal_senders must be set to 0. Otherwise, the database startup fails.
  • If this parameter is set to archive, hot_standby must be set to off. Otherwise, the database startup fails. However, hot_standby cannot be set to off in a primary-standby deployment. For details, see the description of the hot_standby parameter.

Value range: enumerated values

  • minimal

    Advantages: Certain bulk operations (including creating tables and indexes, executing cluster operations, and copying tables) are safely skipped in logging, which can make those operations much faster.

    Disadvantages: WALs contain only basic information required for recovery from a database server crash or an emergency shutdown. Data cannot be restored from archived WALs.

  • archive

    Adds logging required for WAL archiving, supporting the database restoration from archives.

  • hot_standby

    • Further adds information required to run SQL queries on a standby server and takes effect after a server restart.
    • To enable read-only queries on a standby server, the wal_level parameter must be set to hot_standby on the primary server and the hot_standby parameter must be set to on on the standby server. There are few measurable differences in performance between using hot_standby and archive levels. However, feedback is welcome if any differences in their impacts on product performance are noticeable.

Default value: hot_standby

fsync

Parameter description: Specifies whether the openGauss server uses the fsync() function (see wal_sync_method) to ensure that updates can be written to disks in a timely manner.

This parameter is a SIGHUP parameter. Set it based on instructions provided in Table 1.

NOTICE:

  • Using the fsync() function ensures that the data can be recovered to a known state when an OS or a hardware crashes.
  • Setting this parameter to off may result in unrecoverable data corruption in a system crash.

Value range: Boolean

  • on indicates that the fsync() function is used.
  • off indicates that the fsync() function is not used.

Default value: on

synchronous_commit

Parameter description: Specifies the synchronization mode of the current transaction.

This parameter is a USERSET parameter. Set it based on instructions provided in Table 1.

Value range: enumerated values

  • on indicates that synchronization logs of a standby server are flushed to disk.
  • off indicates asynchronous commit.
  • local indicates local commit.
  • remote_write indicates that synchronization logs of a standby server are written to disk.
  • remote_receive indicates that the standby server receives logs.

Default value: on

wal_sync_method

Parameter description: Specifies the method used for forcing WAL updates out to disk.

This parameter is a SIGHUP parameter. Set it based on instructions provided in Table 1.

NOTICE: If fsync is set to off, the setting of this parameter does not take effect because WAL file updates will not be forced out to disk.

Value range: enumerated values

  • open_datasync indicates that WAL files are opened with the O_DSYNC option.

  • fdatasync indicates that fdatasync() is called at each commit. (SUSE Linux 10 and SUSE Linux 11 are supported.)

  • fsync_writethrough indicates that fsync() is called at each commit to force data in the buffer to be written to the disk.

    NOTE: wal_sync_method can be set to fsync_writethrough on a Windows platform, but this setting has the same effect as setting the parameter to fsync.

  • fsync indicates that fsync() is called at each commit. (SUSE Linux 10 and SUSE Linux 11 are supported.)

  • open_sync indicates that WAL files are written with open() option O_SYNC. (SUSE Linux 10 and SUSE Linux 11 are supported.)

Default value: fdatasync

full_page_writes

Parameter description: Specifies whether the openGauss server writes the entire content of each disk page to WALs during the first modification of that page after a checkpoint.

This parameter is a SIGHUP parameter. Set it based on instructions provided in Table 1.

NOTICE:

  • This parameter is needed because a page write that is in process during an OS crash might be only partially completed, leading to an on-disk page that contains a mix of old and new data. The row-level change data normally stored in WALs will not be enough to completely restore such a page during post-crash recovery. Storing the full page image guarantees that the page can be correctly restored, but at the price of increasing the amount of data that must be written to WALs.
  • Setting this parameter to off might lead to unrecoverable data corruption after a system failure. It might be safe to set this parameter to off if you have hardware (such as a battery-backed disk controller) or file-system software (such as ReiserFS 4) that reduces the risk of partial page writes to an acceptably low level.

Value range: Boolean

  • on indicates that this feature is enabled.
  • off indicates that this feature is disabled.

Default value: on

wal_log_hints

Parameter description: Specifies whether to write an entire page to WALs during the first modification of that page after a checkpoint, even for non-critical modifications of so-called hint bits. You are advised not to modify the setting.

This parameter is a POSTMASTER parameter. Set it based on instructions provided in Table 1.

Value range: Boolean

  • on indicates that the entire page is written to WALs.
  • off indicates that the entire page is not written to WALs.

Default value: on

wal_buffers

Parameter description: Specifies the number of XLOG_BLCKSZs used for storing WAL data. The size of each XLOG_BLCKSZ is 8 KB.

This parameter is a POSTMASTER parameter. Set it based on instructions provided in Table 1.

Value range: –1 to 218

  • If this parameter is set to –1, the value of wal_buffers is automatically changed to 1/32 of shared_buffers. The minimum value is 8 x XLOG_BLCKSZ, and the maximum value is 2048 x XLOG_BLCKSZ. That means if the 1/32 of shared_buffers is smaller than 8 x XLOG_BLCKSZ or larger than 2048 x XLOG_BLCKSZ, the minimum value or the maximum value is taken.
  • If this parameter is set to a value other than -1 and smaller than 4, the value 4 is used.

Default value: 16MB

Setting suggestions: The content of the WAL buffers is written to disk at every transaction commit, so extremely large values are unlikely to provide a significant increase in system performance. However, setting this parameter to hundreds of megabytes can improve the disk write performance on a server to which a large number of transactions are committed at the same time. The auto-tuning selected by the value –1 should give reasonable results in most cases.

wal_writer_delay

Parameter description: Specifies the delay between activity rounds for the WAL writer.

This parameter is a SIGHUP parameter. Set it based on instructions provided in Table 1.

NOTICE: A longer delay might lead to insufficient WAL buffer and a shorter delay leads to continuously writing of the WALs, thereby increasing the load of disk I/O.

Value range: an integer ranging from 1 to 10000. The unit is millisecond.

Default value: 200ms

commit_delay

Parameter description: Specifies the duration for committed data to be stored in the WAL buffer.

This parameter is a USERSET parameter. Set it based on instructions provided in Table 1.

NOTICE:

  • When this parameter is set to a non-zero value, the committed transaction is stored in the WAL buffer instead of being written to the WAL immediately. Then the WAL writer process flushes the buffer out to disk periodically.
  • If system load is high, other transactions are probably ready to be committed within the delay. If no other transactions are ready to be committed, the delay is a waste of time.

Value range: an integer ranging from 0 to 100000. The unit is μs. 0 indicates no delay.

Default value: 0

commit_siblings

Parameter description: Specifies a threshold on the number of concurrent open transactions. If the number of concurrent open transactions is greater than the value of this parameter, a transaction that initiates a commit request will wait for a period of time specified by commit_delay. Otherwise, this transaction is written into WALs immediately.

This parameter is a USERSET parameter. Set it based on instructions provided in Table 1.

Value range: an integer ranging from 0 to 1000

Default value: 5

wal_block_size

Parameter description: Specifies the size of a WAL disk block.

This parameter is a fixed INTERNAL parameter and cannot be modified.

Value range: an integer. The unit is byte.

Default value: 8192

wal_segment_size

Parameter description: Specifies the size of a WAL segment file.

This parameter is a fixed INTERNAL parameter and cannot be modified.

Value range: an integer. The unit is 8 KB.

Default value: 16MB (2048 x 8 KB)

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