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hot_standby

Whether to start the server in hot standby mode.

Hot standby is a feature which provides a simple form of failover without replication.

The expectation is that there will be two instances of the server using the same configuration. The first one to start will be the “primary” instance. The second one to start will be the “standby” instance.

To initiate the standby instance, start a second instance of the Tarantool server on the same computer with the same box.cfg configuration settings – including the same directories and same non-null URIs – and with the additional configuration setting hot_standby = true. Expect to see a notification ending with the words I> Entering hot standby mode. This is fine. It means that the standby instance is ready to take over if the primary instance goes down.

The standby instance will initialize and will try to take a lock on wal_dir, but will fail because the primary instance has made a lock on wal_dir. So the standby instance goes into a loop, reading the write ahead log which the primary instance is writing (so the two instances are always in sync), and trying to take the lock. If the primary instance goes down for any reason, the lock will be released. In this case, the standby instance will succeed in taking the lock, will connect on the listen address and will become the primary instance. Expect to see a notification ending with the words I> ready to accept requests.

Thus there is no noticeable downtime if the primary instance goes down.

Hot standby feature has no effect:

Type: boolean
Default: false
Dynamic: no