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Re: records chaining

From: tövis <tovises(at)freemail(dot)hu>
To: "pgsql novice" <pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: records chaining
Date: 2005-04-20 08:36:08
Message-ID: 002701c54584$00304450$3401a8c0@mainxp (view raw, whole thread or download thread mbox)
Lists: pgsql-novice
I'am migrating from "single-user" database (Clarion - TopSpeed) to 
PostgreSQL. I'am newbie not only in PostgreSQL but in SQL also.
With previouse database handling it was important to keep database files 
relativelly short "chunks":
  - single-user is always draw hole database file to the client;
  - archiving is very comfortable - 500 Mbyte pen drive was enough to draw 
all news;
  - now speed penalty for growing database files (I met SQL system where 
every year
    datas should be moved to an "archive", because of the painfull speed - 
not PostgreSQL).
The system, what I planning is receiving short binary messages from some 
thousend of different sources, after converted to hex ASCII it's about 30 
Mbyte of  ASCII string, in old system, in a quarter received about 8,000,000 
messages - records.
I would like to automate every year moving the database, keep it that way to 
get "archive" from the same application, to give the user easy way to get 
"messages" from 5 or more years old.
The hardware is not choosen. I will do that, but of course I need to keep a 
realistic budget, and the accent should be on reliability, based not on 
clustering but on flexibility. That means I need keep large database in easy 
to handle size(s) - mirrored...
The record "chaining" is need to keep track changing of  sources database, 
where always are large fluctuation and modification - some hundred of 
records in a month. I've should track what and who and when changed the 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jeff Eckermann" <jeff_eckermann(at)yahoo(dot)com>
To: "tövis" <tovises(at)freemail(dot)hu>; <pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Sent: Tuesday, April 19, 2005 3:59 PM
Subject: Re: [NOVICE] records chaining

> This message, along with your previous one, suggests
> that you are trying to limit the size of your tables.
> Is there any good reason for this?  How many records
> do you expect to have?  What hardware will you be
> running on?
> --- tövis <tovises(at)freemail(dot)hu> wrote:
>> I need record changing history. Of course I need to
>> keep old records, and some how point to it for show
>> changes. First of my idea is to make a single column
>> in every record pointing to his "parent" but after I
>> started thinking how SQL can handle it. Whats your
>> opinion, is it possible to write a recursive SELECT
>> to get all records back to that whats parent
>> reference has no reference (NULL)? At this moment I
>> would be happy to know that is it possible - I'm
>> only planning and migrating an old database, the
>> coding seem to be "far" away.
>> Thanks in advance
>>     Gábor Rózsa
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