adminpack provides a number of support functions which pgAdmin and other administration and management tools can use to provide additional functionality, such as remote management of server log files. Use of all these functions is restricted to superusers.
The functions shown in Table F-1 provide write access to files on the machine hosting the server. (See also the functions in Table 9-62, which provide read-only access.) Only files within the database cluster directory can be accessed, but either a relative or absolute path is allowable.
Table F-1. adminpack Functions
||bigint||Write, or append to, a text file|
||boolean||Rename a file|
||boolean||Remove a file|
||setof record||List the log files in the log_directory directory|
pg_file_write writes the
specified data into the file named by
filename. If append is false, the file must not already
exist. If append is true, the file can
already exist, and will be appended to if so. Returns the number
of bytes written.
pg_file_rename renames a file.
If archivename is omitted or NULL, it
simply renames oldname to newname (which must not already exist). If
archivename is provided, it first
renames newname to archivename (which must not already exist), and
then renames oldname to newname. In event of failure of the second
rename step, it will try to rename archivename back to newname before reporting the error. Returns true
on success, false if the source file(s) are not present or not
writable; other cases throw errors.
pg_file_unlink removes the
specified file. Returns true on success, false if the specified
file is not present or the
call fails; other cases throw errors.
pg_logdir_ls returns the start
timestamps and path names of all the log files in the log_directory
directory. The log_filename
parameter must have its default setting (postgresql-%Y-%m-%d_%H%M%S.log) to use this
The functions shown in Table F-2 are deprecated and should not be used in new applications; instead use those shown in Table 9-56 and Table 9-62. These functions are provided in adminpack only for compatibility with old versions of pgAdmin.
Table F-2. Deprecated adminpack Functions
||text||Alternate name for
||bigint||Same as size column
||integer||Alternate name for