[pgpool-general: 133] Re: Healthcheck timeout not always respected

Stevo Slavić sslavic at gmail.com
Wed Jan 11 09:25:14 JST 2012

Hello Tatsuo,

Thank you for replying!

I'm not sure what exactly is blocking, just by pgpool code analysis I
suspect it is the part where a connection is made to the db and it doesn't
seem to get interrupted by alarm. Tested thoroughly health check behaviour,
it works really well when host/ip is there and just backend/postgres is
down, but not when backend host/ip is down. I could see in log that initial
health check and each retry got delayed when host/ip is not reachable,
while when just backend is not listening (is down) on the reachable host/ip
then initial health check and all retries are exact to the settings in

PGCONNECT_TIMEOUT is listed as one of the libpq environment variables in
the docs (see http://www.postgresql.org/docs/9.1/static/libpq-envars.html )
There is equivalent parameter in libpq PGconnectdbParams ( see
At the beginning of that same page there are some important infos on using
these functions.

psql respects PGCONNECT_TIMEOUT.


On Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 12:13 AM, Tatsuo Ishii <ishii at postgresql.org> wrote:

> > Hello pgpool community,
> >
> > When system is configured for security reasons not to return destination
> > host unreachable messages, even though health_check_timeout is
> configured,
> > socket call will block and alarm will not get raised until TCP timeout
> > occurs.
> Interesting. So are you saying that read(2) cannot be interrupted by
> alarm signal if the system is configured not to return destination
> host unreachable message? Could you please guide me where I can get
> such that info? (I'm not a network expert).
> > Not a C programmer, found some info that select call could be replace
> with
> > select/pselect calls. Maybe it would be best if PGCONNECT_TIMEOUT value
> > could be used here for connection timeout. pgpool has libpq as
> dependency,
> > why isn't it using libpq for the healthcheck db connect calls, then
> > PGCONNECT_TIMEOUT would be applied?
> I don't think libpq uses select/pselect for establishing connection,
> but using libpq instead of homebrew code seems to be an idea. Let me
> think about it.
> One question. Are you sure that libpq can deal with the case (not to
> return destination host unreachable messages) by using
> --
> Tatsuo Ishii
> SRA OSS, Inc. Japan
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