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From: Eric Wong <e@yhbt.net>
To: meta@public-inbox.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH] index: add --batch-size=SIZE option
Date: Mon, 18 May 2020 03:04:41 +0000
Message-ID: <20200518030441.GB32411@dcvr> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20200517193721.29185-1-e@yhbt.net>

Eric Wong <e@yhbt.net> wrote:
> On powerful systems, having this option is preferable to
> XAPIAN_FLUSH_THRESHOLD due to lock granularity and contention
> with other processes (-learn, -mda, -watch).
> 
> Setting XAPIAN_FLUSH_THRESHOLD can cause -learn, -mda, and
> -watch to get stuck until an epoch is completely processed.

Fwiw, I've debated with myself on-and-off for a number of years
about adding this knob.

I don't like tuning knobs in general because it's more stuff to
document and support, and more stuff for new users to learn.

However, it's tough to tell how much memory a user is willing to
spend or how long they're willing to wait for -mda/-watch
deliveries while --reindex is happening.  So the default is to
remain conservative and lean towards suboptimal throughput
rather than trigger a swap storm or OOM.

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Thread overview: 4+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-05-17 19:37 Eric Wong
2020-05-17 23:54 ` Kyle Meyer
2020-05-18  2:39   ` Eric Wong
2020-05-18  3:04 ` Eric Wong [this message]

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