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Table 9-44 shows the functions available to query and alter run-time configuration parameters.
Table 9-44. Configuration Settings Functions
||text||current value of setting|
||text||set parameter and return new value|
yields the current value of the setting setting_name. It corresponds to the
SQL command SHOW. An example:
SELECT current_setting('datestyle'); current_setting ----------------- ISO, MDY (1 row)
set_config sets the parameter
setting_name to new_value. If is_local is true, the
new value will only apply to the current transaction. If you want
the new value to apply for the current session, use false instead. The function corresponds to the SQL
command SET. An example:
SELECT set_config('log_statement_stats', 'off', false); set_config ------------ off (1 row)
The function shown in Table 9-45 sends control signals to other server processes. Use of this function is restricted to superusers.
Table 9-45. Backend Signalling Functions
||int||Cancel a backend's current query|
This function returns 1 if successful, 0 if not successful. The process ID (pid) of an active backend can be found from the procpid column in the pg_stat_activity view, or by listing the postgres processes on the server with ps.
The functions shown in Table 9-46 assist in making on-line backups. Use of these functions is restricted to superusers.
Table 9-46. Backup Control Functions
||text||Set up for performing on-line backup|
||text||Finish performing on-line backup|
pg_start_backup accepts a single
parameter which is an arbitrary user-defined label for the
backup. (Typically this would be the name under which the backup
dump file will be stored.) The function writes a backup label
file into the database cluster's data directory, and then returns
the backup's starting WAL offset as text. (The user need not pay
any attention to this result value, but it is provided in case it
is of use.)
pg_stop_backup removes the label
file created by
and instead creates a backup history file in the WAL archive
area. The history file includes the label given to
pg_start_backup, the starting and ending WAL
offsets for the backup, and the starting and ending times of the
backup. The return value is the backup's ending WAL offset (which
again may be of little interest).
For details about proper usage of these functions, see Section 22.3.