Add support for LZ4 compression in pg_receivewal

Enterprise / PostgreSQL - Michael Paquier [] - 5 November 2021 02:33 UTC

pg_receivewal gains a new option, --compression-method=lz4, available when the code is compiled with --with-lz4. Similarly to gzip, this gives the possibility to compress archived WAL segments with LZ4. This option is not compatible with --compress.

The implementation uses LZ4 frames, and is compatible with simple lz4 commands. Like gzip, using --synchronous ensures that any data will be flushed to disk within the current .partial segment, so as it is possible to retrieve as much WAL data as possible even from a non-completed segment (this requires completing the partial file with zeros up to the WAL segment size supported by the backend after decompression, but this is the same as gzip).

The calculation of the streaming start LSN is able to transparently find and check LZ4-compressed segments. Contrary to gzip where the uncompressed size is directly stored in the object read, the LZ4 chunk protocol does not store the uncompressed data by default. There is contentSize that can be used with LZ4 frames by that would not help if using an archive that includes segments compressed with the defaults of a "lz4" command, where this is not stored. So, this commit has taken the most extensible approach by decompressing the already-archived segment to check its uncompressed size, through a blank output buffer in chunks of 64kB (no actual performance difference noticed with 8kB, 16kB or 32kB, and the operation in itself is actually fast).

Tests have been added to verify the creation and correctness of the generated LZ4 files. The latter is achieved by the use of command "lz4", if found in the environment.

The tar-based WAL method in walmethods.c, used now only by pg_basebackup, does not know yet about LZ4. Its code could be extended for this purpose.

Author: Georgios Kokolatos

babbbb595d Add support for LZ4 compression in pg_receivewal
doc/src/sgml/ref/pg_receivewal.sgml | 8 +-
src/ | 1 +
src/bin/pg_basebackup/Makefile | 1 +
src/bin/pg_basebackup/pg_receivewal.c | 158 +++++++++++++++++++++++++-
src/bin/pg_basebackup/t/ | 72 ++++++++++--
src/bin/pg_basebackup/walmethods.c | 160 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++-
src/bin/pg_basebackup/walmethods.h | 1 +
7 files changed, 388 insertions(+), 13 deletions(-)


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