> > although for postgres the thing that you are doing the fsync on is the WAL
> > log file. that is a single (usually) contiguous file. As such it is very
> > efficiant to write large chunks of it. so while you will degrade from the
> > battery-only mode, the fact that the controller can flush many requests
> > worth of writes out to the WAL log at once while you fill the cache with
> > them one at a time is still a significant win.
> The heap files have to be synced as well during checkpoints, etc.
True, but as of 8.3 those checkpoint fsyncs are spread over the interval
+ If your life is a hard drive, Christ can be your backup. +
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