You misread the documentation. It says "normally not be more than 2 *
checkpoint_segments + 1 files". Notice the word "normally". There can be
more files on your system due to "short-term peak" in log activity, but
system will recover space when system activity is reduced. If your system
has "short-term peaks" often enough, the system will not recover that space.
I just checked two of my systems (both with default setting of
checkpoint_segments = 3). The production system has 4 log files (with
timestamps 25-30 hours apart), the test system (which has been idle for a
few days) has only 2 log files.
At 04:28 AM 4/22/05, Pradeepkumar, Pyatalo (IE10) wrote:
>But in the documentation, it says that there can be 2*checkpoint_segments +
>1 xlog files at a time. Since I have configured the only 1
>checkpoint_segments....there should be a maximum of only 3 xlog files taking
>only 48 MB, not 4 taking 65MB.
>[mailto:pgsql-novice-owner(at)postgresql(dot)org] On Behalf Of Frank Bax
>Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2005 6:26 PM
>Subject: Re: [NOVICE] Disk full problem
>At 03:06 AM 4/20/05, Prashant wrote:
> >I am a new addition to this mailing list. I am using Postgresql 7.4.3.
> >I went through the postgresql documentation for saving the disk usage.
> >Accordingly i changed the checkpoint_segments parameter to 1 in the
> >postgresql.conf file. I cross checked by giving the SHOW ALL command.
> >It shows 1 for the checkpoint_segments parameter. But when I chk the
> >disk usage, the pg_xlog folder is taking up 65MB. There are 4 files
> >under pg_xlog folder. According to the documentation, it should be
> >taking only 16MB.
>Not quite. the docs say 16M per file. 4 files * 16M = 64M
> >And one more thing I noticed was that the base folder under pgsql/data
> >folder is taking up 25MB space.
> >How do I reduce the space taken up by these folders. I am running the
> >vaccumdb command at regular intervals.
>pgsql/data contains one folder for each database you created. To further
>reduce space here, you'll need to drop tables and/or databases.
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