Subject: Re: PostgreSQL
To: Greg 'groggy' Lehey <>
From: Chris Wareham <>
List: current-users
Date: 02/03/2006 10:28:27
Greg 'groggy' Lehey wrote:
> On Thursday,  2 February 2006 at 15:37:29 +0000, Patrick Welche wrote:
>>On Wed, Feb 01, 2006 at 06:58:04PM -0800, Alfred Perlstein wrote:
>>>* Neil Conway <> [060201 18:49] wrote:
>>>>On Thu, 2006-02-02 at 00:49 +0000, wrote:
>>>But threads aren't always the best thing out there, the code gets
>>>a lot more complicated and crash prone and you wind up sometimes
>>>getting screwed because third party code isn't thread safe...
>>Isn't your last paragraph the reason PostgreSQL sticks to processes?
> I'd guess no.  It might be a good reason to do so, but the real reason
> is what I stated in a previous message: it was the only option at the
> time.  And "if it works, don't fix it".

I saw a recent statement on a PostgreSQL mailing list that one reason
they stick to a forking model rather than attempting to switch to a
threaded one, is because a number of platforms still don't support
threads natively.