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14.4. If You Are Upgrading

The internal data storage format changes with new releases of PostgreSQL. Therefore, if you are upgrading an existing installation that does not have a version number "8.0.x", you must back up and restore your data as shown here. These instructions assume that your existing installation is under the /usr/local/pgsql directory, and that the data area is in /usr/local/pgsql/data. Substitute your paths appropriately.

  1. Make sure that your database is not updated during or after the backup. This does not affect the integrity of the backup, but the changed data would of course not be included. If necessary, edit the permissions in the file /usr/local/pgsql/data/pg_hba.conf (or equivalent) to disallow access from everyone except you.

  2. To back up your database installation, type:

    pg_dumpall > outputfile
    

    If you need to preserve OIDs (such as when using them as foreign keys), then use the -o option when running pg_dumpall.

    pg_dumpall does not save large objects. Check Section 22.1.4 if you need to do this.

    To make the backup, you can use the pg_dumpall command from the version you are currently running. For best results, however, try to use the pg_dumpall command from PostgreSQL 8.0.26, since this version contains bug fixes and improvements over older versions. While this advice might seem idiosyncratic since you haven't installed the new version yet, it is advisable to follow it if you plan to install the new version in parallel with the old version. In that case you can complete the installation normally and transfer the data later. This will also decrease the downtime.

  3. If you are installing the new version at the same location as the old one then shut down the old server, at the latest before you install the new files:

    pg_ctl stop
    

    On systems that have PostgreSQL started at boot time, there is probably a start-up file that will accomplish the same thing. For example, on a Red Hat Linux system one might find that

    /etc/rc.d/init.d/postgresql stop
    

    works.

    Very old versions might not have pg_ctl. If you can't find it or it doesn't work, find out the process ID of the old server, for example by typing

    ps ax | grep postmaster
    

    and signal it to stop this way:

    kill -INT processID
    
  4. If you are installing in the same place as the old version then it is also a good idea to move the old installation out of the way, in case you have trouble and need to revert to it. Use a command like this:

    mv /usr/local/pgsql /usr/local/pgsql.old
    

After you have installed PostgreSQL 8.0.26, create a new database directory and start the new server. Remember that you must execute these commands while logged in to the special database user account (which you already have if you are upgrading).

/usr/local/pgsql/bin/initdb -D /usr/local/pgsql/data
/usr/local/pgsql/bin/postmaster -D /usr/local/pgsql/data

Finally, restore your data with

/usr/local/pgsql/bin/psql -d template1 -f outputfile

using the new psql.

Further discussion appears in Section 22.4, which you are encouraged to read in any case.

Comments


April 10, 2005, 4:14 a.m.

Database format with 32bits postgresql are incompatible with 64bits. This mean, regardless the CPU architecture, if you create your database with postgresql for a 32bits architecture and plan to use postgresql build for 64bits, you first have to dump your database, recreate the database location and then restore data.

I had the issue when I upgrade my computer from a duron to athlon64, everything was fine until I keep postgres server build for i586, even my CPU was athlon64.

The error message was: "data checksum failed".

Of course this is easilly understable as postresql use 32 or 64 bits to store some index and timestamp according the capacity of the cpu, but you have to think to this before upgrading !

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