yes, documentation points to the recovery_target_time(timestamp) option
in this regard, sorry i missed that. but there is one thing which is
still not clear to me is if we restore the database to some time back ,
what happens to WAL files in the pg_xlog directory ? if we still keep
those files there, arent they out of sync ? since we are going back in
time and we dont need the WAL logs after the
recovery_target_time(timestamp), or is it that restore command takes
care everything automatically ? the manual doesnt clearly say what
happens to the WAL logs in pg_xlog in case if we use the
In Oracle i know that there is a option of resetting the logs if we have
to restore some time in back, not sure how it works in new Postgres 8.
Morus Walter wrote:
>Pallav Kalva writes:
>> If I want to restore to a particular point in time lets say to the
>>point in time like a day back when one of my table was dropped
>>accidentally and if i want restore the archive log only to that
>>particular archive log file . what is the procedure we should follow ?
>>just keep the archive logs in the directory until the last archive log
>>file i need or is there a command something like " restore only until
>>at this archive log file " ? Also what happens to the transaction log
>>files in pg_xlog directory in this scenario ? do i have to still keep
>>them or they get created by themself since i am going a day back ?
>> Is this possible in postgres 8
>Yes. That's what PITR is about. Read the manual for details.
>If you look at the recovery.conf.sample you'll find a variable
>recovery_target_time that must be set. Unless I missed something this
>isn't explicitly stated in the docs but the comment in the sample conf
>is pretty clear.
>Alternatively you can define a transaction id (recovery_target_xid).
>Of course you must have a backup created before the incident and all WALs
>up to the time of the incident.
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