On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 4:12 AM, Heikki Linnakangas
> Simon Riggs wrote:
>> On Tue, 2010-04-27 at 20:14 +0300, Heikki Linnakangas wrote:
>>> Simon Riggs wrote:
>>>> On Tue, 2010-04-27 at 18:13 +0300, Heikki Linnakangas wrote:
>>>>> Simon Riggs wrote:
>>>>>> If pg_stop_backup() is run it creates the .backup file in the archive.
>>>>>> In the absence of that file, we should be able to work out that
>>>>>> pg_stop_backup() was not run.
>>>>> It's just as likely that the file is there even though the backup didn't
>>>>> finish, though.
>>>> It's possible, but not likely. It would need to break at a very specific
>>>> place for that to be the case. Whereas the test I explained would work
>>>> for about 99% of the time between start and stop backup, except for the
>>>> caveat I explained also.
>>> I don't understand how you arrived at that figure.
>> You're talking about the backup_label file, I'm talking about
>> the .backup file in the archive.
> Oh, the backup history file. We stopped relying on that with the
> introduction of the end-of-backup record, to make life easier for
> streaming replication, and because it's simpler anyway. I don't think we
> should go back to it.
When restore_command is not given, the backup history file would be
unavailable in the standby. We cannot regard the absence of the file
as non-run of pg_stop_backup().
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