PostgreSQL 9.3 Beta 2 Now Available

Posted on 2013-06-27 by PostgreSQL Global Development Group

The second beta release of PostgreSQL 9.3 is now available. This beta contains updated and debugged previews of all of the features which will be available in version 9.3, and is ready for testing by the worldwide PostgreSQL community. Please download, test, and report what you find.

Changes Since Beta 1

The following changes and bug fixes have been made since Beta 1. If you tested a feature in the previous beta, please retest it now to make sure that any issues you discovered have been fixed.

  • prevent xid gaps in Hot Standby startup
  • prevent insertion deadlocks with SP-GiST indexes
  • add user-visible "updatable" flag for foreign tables and views
  • fix two issues with JSON and Unicode
  • make sure that pg_isready displays correct connection info
  • fix pg_dump dependancy order for EventTriggers
  • fix regression tests for postgres_fdw
  • fix pg_xlogdump -r
  • array_remove() no longer emits broken empty arrays
  • fix formatting of automatically generated recovery.conf file
  • simplify handling of crashes after fast failover
  • allow CREATE FOREIGN TABLE to include SERIAL columns
  • make the word "FOREIGN" optional in "ALTER TABLE"
  • translation updates merged
  • many documentation updates

Additionally, all bug fixes prepared for back-branches of PostgreSQL have been applied to Beta 2.

For a full listing of the features in version 9.3 Beta, please see the release notes. Additional descriptions and notes on the new features are available on the 9.3 Features Wiki Page.

Test 9.3 Beta 2 Now

We depend on our community to help test the next version in order to guarantee that it is high-performance and bug-free. Please download PostgreSQL 9.3 Beta 2 and try it with your workloads and applications as soon as you can, and give feedback to the PostgreSQL developers. Features and APIs in Beta 2 will not change substantially before final release, so it is now safe to start building applications against the new features. More information on how to test and report issues

Get the PostgreSQL 9.3 Beta 2, from our download page. Some binary installers for various platforms, including Solaris and FreeBSD, are already available; other will become available over the next week.

Full documentation of the new version is available online, and also installs with PostgreSQL.