Simon Riggs wrote:
> Just had questions from a replication user about why the .backup file is
> described as "can ordinarily be ignored" and is considered optional by
> recovery also even when pg_start_backup() was used.
> If the file was created, it is necessary to use it in recovery, so
> should never be ignored as the docs imply.
> Can we remove the phrase ", and can ordinarily be ignored." ? from
> To make use of the backup, you will need to keep around all the WAL
> segment files generated during and after the file system backup.
> To aid you in doing this, the <function>pg_stop_backup</> function
> creates a <firstterm>backup history file</> that is immediately
> stored into the WAL archive area. This file is named after the first
> WAL segment file that you need to have to make use of the backup.
> For example, if the starting WAL file is
> <literal>0000000100001234000055CD</> the backup history file will be
> named something like
> <literal>0000000100001234000055CD.007C9330.backup</>. (The second
> part of the file name stands for an exact position within the WAL
> file, and can ordinarily be ignored.) Once you have safely archived
> the file system backup and the WAL segment files used during the
> backup (as specified in the backup history file), all archived WAL
> segments with names numerically less are no longer needed to recover
> the file system backup and can be deleted. However, you should
> consider keeping several backup sets to be absolutely certain that
> you can recover your data.
The comment is saying "the second part of the file name" can be ignored,
not the backup file itself.
Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us> http://momjian.us
+ If your life is a hard drive, Christ can be your backup. +
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