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Re: pg_log deleted - what to do?

From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Ralf Tschiersch <ralf(at)net-service(dot)de>
Cc: Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>, pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: pg_log deleted - what to do?
Date: 2000-10-01 20:14:25
Message-ID: 200010012014.QAA15871@candle.pha.pa.us (view raw or flat)
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OK, please try pg_dump or pg_dumpall.  The database will not usable, but
may be backup-able.


> Hi -
> 
> I've tried this already, with no success. More details:
> 
> the "postgres"-database shows:
> 
> postgres=> \d
> Couldn't find any tables, sequences or indices! 
> 
> postgres=> select * from pg_database;
> datname   |datdba|encoding|datpath
> ----------+------+--------+----------
> template1 |    26|       0|template1 
> (1 row)
> 
> Whew - where are the databases? 
> Connecting a (former) existing database shows:
> 
> dbx1=> \d
> Couldn't find any tables, sequences or indices!
> dbx1=> select * from gp;
> kid|typ|var|data
> ---+---+---+----
> (0 rows) 
> 
> But the File is there! 
> 
> -rw-------   1 postgres daemon      16384 Sep 30 03:46 data/base/dbx1/gp 
> 
> It's horrible. I know that I had to do a backup, but things change fast!
> Its seems that Postgres did a "reset" and does not know that there is
> pretty much it could deliver. Setting up a fres installation with the
> exact table and properties ist okay, but copying the
> data/base/dbname-Files into this new place does not the trick. 
> 
> Thanks for your care...
> 
> Ralf
> 
> 
> 
> On Sun, 1 Oct 2000, Bruce Momjian wrote:
> 
> > Can the user rename the /data directory, do initdb, save the pg_log
> > file, move the old /data back into place, add the new pg_log, and do a
> > backup of his data?
> > 
> > I thought this would work, but am not sure.
> > 
> > > Ralf Tschiersch writes:
> > > 
> > > > don't ask why, but what can I do if I have pg_log accidently deleted? How
> > > > to recover? the postmaster starts, I can connect do databases, but neiter
> > > > tables nor sequences are found! Postgres is 6.5.3 on linux 2.2.10.
> > > 
> > > You have pretty much lost.  Deleting pg_log is almost like deleting the
> > > data itself.  You make backups, don't you?
> > > 
> > > -- 
> > > Peter Eisentraut      peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net       http://yi.org/peter-e/
> > > 
> > > 
> > 
> > 
> > -- 
> >   Bruce Momjian                        |  http://candle.pha.pa.us
> >   pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us               |  (610) 853-3000
> >   +  If your life is a hard drive,     |  830 Blythe Avenue
> >   +  Christ can be your backup.        |  Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania 19026
> > 
> 
> 


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  Bruce Momjian                        |  http://candle.pha.pa.us
  pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us               |  (610) 853-3000
  +  If your life is a hard drive,     |  830 Blythe Avenue
  +  Christ can be your backup.        |  Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania 19026

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