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Re: Backend Server v's Frontend Server ?

From: Bruno Wolff III <bruno(at)wolff(dot)to>
To: Peter Moscatt <pgmoscatt(at)optushome(dot)com(dot)au>
Cc: "PostgreSQL [INTERFACES] List" <pgsql-interfaces(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Backend Server v's Frontend Server ?
Date: 2003-07-15 13:31:04
Message-ID: 20030715133104.GA10467@wolff.to (view raw or flat)
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On Tue, Jul 15, 2003 at 10:55:09 +1000,
  Peter Moscatt <pgmoscatt(at)optushome(dot)com(dot)au> wrote:
> I am new to programming with Postgres.  I am currently reading the
> Programmers guide on how to connect to a database.
> 
> It mentions 'backend' and 'frontend'.
> 
> What's the difference ?

The fontend is the client running locally. The backend is the process on
the server that your client talks to. There is one backend process for
each client (connection).
The postmaster is the process that clients first connect to that spawns
backend processes.

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