pg_listener supports the LISTEN and NOTIFY commands. A listener creates an entry in pg_listener for each notification name it is listening for. A notifier scans pg_listener and updates each matching entry to show that a notification has occurred. The notifier also sends a signal (using the PID recorded in the table) to awaken the listener from sleep.
Table 3-20. pg_listener Columns
|relname||name||Notify condition name. (The name need not match any actual relation in the database; the term "relname" is historical.)|
|listenerpid||int4||PID of the backend process that created this entry.|
|notification||int4||Zero if no event is pending for this listener. If an event is pending, the PID of the backend that sent the notification.|