A detailed description can be found in most if not all books about transaction processing. Briefly, WAL 's central concept is that changes to data files where tables and indexes reside must be written only after those changes have been logged, that is, after log records describing the changes have been flushed to permanent storage. If we follow this procedure, we do not need to flush data pages to disk on every transaction commit, because we know that in the event of a crash we will be able to recover the database using the log:
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Riding the waves was one part of excitement, while the other was to be unique in whatever we do. It is easy to get stereotyped with someone and we can never be different from the herd.
I always believed in doing the basics right — this blog project that I started more than 8 years was to bring these basic learnings back.
I am glad I have been doing this. When I was at my hometown, I planned to visit my college and spend some quality time with the students and live some moments back.
I always dream of giving time back to the institution that made me who I am now. I think at this moment I request every reader to spend a couple of hours in a year with students from your college. I just wish I had the same exposure in my days back then.
During my last visit, I introduced myself as a database expert based on what people say. One of the students asked me how durability is achieved in modern databases? Do I know anything about it and how it is done? This question got me thinking and I immediately said, the first place to search will be my blog.
To complete the conversation in the real college style, I took the whiteboard and explained the simple WAL protocol. After a couple of hours of session on various topics, I got out exhausted — after getting out, I thought of writing back here. The concept of Write Ahead Logging is very common to database systems.
This process ensures that no modifications to a database page will be flushed to disk until the associated transaction log records with that modification are written to disk first. Why do we do this? The simple answer is to maintain the ACID properties of a transaction.
What if the database modifications were flushed first and a power failure occurred before the transaction log were written?
But what if the page changes were flushed to disk due to a lazy write to free up buffers and the page changes were part of an active transaction? Transactional consistency would be comprised. Once the transaction gets persisted in the log first and when a power outage happens.The concept of Write Ahead Logging is very common to database systems.
This process ensures that no modifications to a database page will be flushed to disk until the associated transaction log records with that modification are written to disk first.
Write a message to the server log if checkpoints caused by the filling of checkpoint segment files happen closer together than this many seconds (which suggests that checkpoint_segments ought to be raised).
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