Announcing the Release of Barman v2.9

Posted on 2019-08-01 by 2ndQuadrant, an EDB Company
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Oxford, United Kingdom - August 1, 2019

2ndQuadrant today announced the release of Barman version 2.9.

This release introduces native support for PostgreSQL 12, which includes major changes in the way Point-In-Time-Recovery and Replicas are managed. For older versions of PostgreSQL (11 and earlier), Barman still maps its configuration and run-time options to the underlying PostgreSQL system, using the traditional recovery.conf based method, whilst using the new GUCs for version 12 (and future versions).

Barman v2.9 presents experimental support for JSON output of Barman commands, facilitating integration with external monitoring and management tools. It also includes various UI improvements and bug fixes.

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.

The most relevant changes included in this release are listed below:

  • Support for PostgreSQL 12 by supporting the new way of managing recovery and standby settings through GUC options and signal files (recovery.signal and standby.signal)
  • Add --bwlimit command line option to set bandwidth limitation for backup and recover commands.
  • Ignore WAL archive failure for check command in case the latest backup is WAITING_ FOR_WALS
  • Add --target-lsn option to set recovery target Log Sequence Number for recover command with PostgreSQL 10 or higher
  • Add --spool-dir option to barman-wal-restore so that users can change the spool directory location from the default, avoiding conflicts in case of multiple PostgreSQL instances on the same server.
  • Rename barman_ xlog directory to barman_wal
  • JSON output writer to export command output as JSON objects to facilitate integration with external tools and systems. (Experimental in this release)

We strongly recommend upgrading to Barman v2.9 at the earliest opportunity available.

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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