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Re: restarting after power outage

From: Jon Lapham <lapham(at)jandr(dot)org>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: pgsql-general(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: restarting after power outage
Date: 2005-04-27 18:39:31
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Tom Lane wrote:
> Jon Lapham <lapham(at)jandr(dot)org> writes:
>>After a power outage (and bad UPS combo, or plug pull, or bad RAM, etc) 
>>sometimes (I would guess <10% of the time) postgresql fails to restart 
>>automatically after booting the computer.  Invariably, it is because the 
>>"" file exists, but maybe this is just a symptom of 
>>something else.  The solution I have been performing is to simply delete 
>>this file, and then restart postgres (service postgresql start).
>>Is this the correct procedure?
> It is.  We have been fooling with the postmaster startup logic to try to
> eliminate this gotcha, but it's only very recently (8.0.2) that I think
> we got it right.

So, then it would be correct to change my init scripts to do the 
following:  (if so, this patch can be applied to the 7.4 branch)

--- postgresql  2005-02-21 16:33:37.000000000 -0300
+++ postgresql_pidkiller        2005-04-27 15:38:03.000000000 -0300
@@ -178,6 +178,13 @@

         echo -n "$PSQL_START"
+       # If there is a stray file laying around, remove it
+       if [ -f "${PGDATA}/" ]
+       then
+               rm ${PGDATA}/
+       fi
         $SU -l postgres -c "$PGENGINE/postmaster -p ${PGPORT} -D 
'${PGDATA}' ${PGOPTS} &" >> $PGLOG 2>&1 < /dev/null
         sleep 2
         pid=`pidof -s $PGENGINE/postmaster`

  Jon Lapham  <lapham(at)jandr(dot)org>                Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

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