This is my first post to the pgsal-admin list.
I am doing IT support for a small company, and we have been running PG
for a few years now.
I have recently upgraded our PG-8.0.3 server to 8.1.0.
Everything went OK, and now I am working on the backup schema.
I seems that since 8.1 pg_dump does not include a switch to dump blobs
anymore. As a consequence, it is now also possible to dump db's with
blobs in txt format. This is great, only the dumps become rather large
because the blobs have to be escaped etc etc.
Since I use rysnc to a remote host for backups, I have created a
script hat dumps each db to a file, and then checks if the dump from
yesterday is different. If not, the new dump is deleted and the old dump
stays in place. This means a significant smaller backup, since most of
our db's are pretty big but do not change that much.
I have been fiddling with all kinds of techniques to accomplish this.
The only way that seems to work is to make txt based dumps, and strip
out all the comments and empty lines:
pg_dump -Fp db_name | sed 's/^--//g' > db_name.txt.dump
If no data has changed, doing this one day later will yield a dump that
is 100% the same (as per md5sum).
Since the txt dump is really big (in my case way over 2 Gb) I decided to
compress it as well:
pg_dump -Fp db_name | sed 's/^--//g' | gzip -n > db_name.txt.dump.gz
This yields a file of 850 Mb, and the md5sums of unchanged db's are stil
When I try to dump to custom format, the dumps are *not* the same
anymore, even though the data has *not* changed. Example: dumping a db
that is not in use twice will yielf different files:
$ pg_dump -Fc test > test1.dump
$ pg_dump -Fc test > test2.dump
$ md5sum test*.dump
I suspect it is because the -Fc format also contains comments etc.
Is there a way to make -Fc dumps that do not contain any comments,
timestamps or other stuff that makes consequent dumps of the same db
different? This would be very helpfull. The txt dumps I use now are OK
but are really big and slow to dump/restore.
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