Announcing the Release of Barman v2.8

Posted on 2019-05-17 by 2ndQuadrant, an EDB Company
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Oxford, United Kingdom - May 17, 2019

2ndQuadrant today announced the release of Barman version 2.8, introducing support for incremental backup in geo-redundancy. It also includes various performance enhancements and bug fixes.

Barman 2.8 deprecates support for PostgreSQL 9.3 and older versions, and declares official support for Python 3 - deprecating Python 2.

Barman (Backup and Recovery Manager) is an open source administration tool for managing backup and disaster recovery of PostgreSQL servers. It allows you to perform remote backups of multiple servers in business-critical environments and helps DBAs during the recovery phase.

This release includes performance enhancements and other changes listed below:

  • Add support for reuse_backup in geo-redundancy for incremental backup copy in passive nodes
  • Improve performance of rsync based copy by using strptime instead of the more generic dateutil.parser
  • Add --test option to barman-wal-archive and barman-wal-restore to verify the connection with the Barman server
  • Complain if backup_ options is not explicitly set, as the future default value will change from exclusive_backup to concurrent _backup when PostgreSQL 9.5 will be declared EOL by the PGDG
  • Display additional settings in the show-server and diagnose commands: archive_ timeout, data_ checksums, hot_ standby, max_ wal _ senders, max _ replication_ slots and wal_ compression.
  • Merge the barman-cli project in Barman

We strongly recommend upgrading to Barman v2.8 at the earliest opportunity available.

Upgrade Information Users of rsync backup method on a primary server should set backup_ options to either concurrent_ backup (recommended for PostgreSQL 9.6 or higher) or exclusive_ backup (current default) before upgrading to Barman 2.8.

A complete list of changes and bug fixes is available here.

Download and installation instructions are available here.

Source files are available for download here.

Barman is developed and maintained by 2ndQuadrant and distributed under GPL v3.

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