Similarly to the post of a couple of weeks back relating about the [new memory allocation routine] (/postgresql-2/postgres-9-5-feature-highlight-allocation-routine-no-oom/) able to give a plan B route in case of OOM, here is a follow-up commit adding more infrastructure in the same area but this time for some widely-used memory allocation routines:
commit: 8c8a886268dfa616193dadc98e44e0715f884614 author: Fujii Masao <email@example.com> date: Fri, 3 Apr 2015 17:36:12 +0900 Add palloc_extended for frontend and backend. This commit also adds pg_malloc_extended for frontend. These interfaces can be used to control at a lower level memory allocation using an interface similar to MemoryContextAllocExtended. For example, the callers can specify MCXT_ALLOC_NO_OOM if they want to suppress the "out of memory" error while allocating the memory and handle a NULL return value. Michael Paquier, reviewed by me.
palloc_extended() is an equivalent of palloc() that operates on CurrentMemoryContext (understand by that the current memory context a process is using) with a set of flags, named the same way for frontend and backend:
- MCXT_ALLOC_HUGE for allocations larger than 1GB. This flag has an effect on backend-side only, frontend routines using directly malloc.
- MCXT_ALLOC_ZERO for zero allocation.
- MCXT_ALLOC_NO_OOM to bypass an ERROR message in case of an out-of-memory and return NULL to the caller instead. This is the real meat. In the case of frontends, not using this flag results in leaving with exit(1) immediately.
The advantage of this routine is that it is made available for both frontends and backends, so when sharing code between both things, like xlogreader.c used by pg_xlogdump and pg_rewind on frontend-side and by Postgres backend, consistent code can be used for everything, making maintenance far easier.
A last thing to note is the addition of pg_malloc_extended(), which is available only for frontends, which is a natural extension similar to what already exists for pg_malloc0(), pg_realloc().