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Online backup vs Continuous backup

From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: PostgreSQL-development <pgsql-hackers(at)postgreSQL(dot)org>
Cc: PostgreSQL-documentation <pgsql-docs(at)postgreSQL(dot)org>
Subject: Online backup vs Continuous backup
Date: 2005-12-26 17:55:05
Message-ID: 200512261755.jBQHt5L21116@candle.pha.pa.us (view raw or flat)
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I noticed that we are using the term "Online Backup" in our
documentation when we are talking about continuous backup and PITR.

To me, "online backup" is doing a backup while the system is online
(online-backup), and that is accomplished by pg_dump.  I know a lot of
databases us "Online Backup" but I assume this is for historical reasons
because at some time in the past their full backups didn't work while
the database was online. Other systems use the term "Continuous
Logging", but I think that is too easily confused with the server
activity logs.

I suggest the following patch to rename our capability "Continuous
Backup".

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