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Re: Backup to Tape Incomplete

From: "Phillip Smith" <phillip(dot)smith(at)weatherbeeta(dot)com(dot)au>
Cc: <pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Backup to Tape Incomplete
Date: 2008-02-27 05:35:50
Message-ID: 023701c87902$9c9c17b0$9b0014ac@wbaus090 (view raw, whole thread or download thread mbox)
Lists: pgsql-admin
> > > >  Do we think this is a Postgres problem, a Linux problem or a
> > > >  problem specific to my hardware setup? Was I wrong to think
> > > >  that I should be able to  stream directly from pg_dump to
> > > >  /dev/st0? I would have thought it *should*  work, but maybe
> > > >  I was wrong in the first place with that?

> >  > If you can dd the file onto your tape drive, then it's some
> >  > weird interaction between pg_dump and your system I'd think.
> >  > Could the be some maximum size that you can buffer through
> >  > pipes / redirects on your machine?
> >  >
> >  > I'd test to see if cat pgdumpfile.sql > /dev/st0 works or not.
> >  > If it fails at the same approximate size, then it's something
> >  > to do with redirection.  If tar works but redirects fail, then
> >  > the problem isn't with postgresql.  i.e. do something similar
> >  > to what you're doing with pgsql and see which things fail and
> >  > which ones don't.

> >  It appears to be me :(
> >
> >  [postgres(at)stirling ~]$ cat /tmp/dbname080225.sql > /dev/st0
> >  cat: write error: Invalid argument
> >
> >  It ran for a good 30 minutes, then died with that.

> I wonder what it's meaning by invalid arg?  Is something in the
> .sql file somehow coming across as an argument?  Can you cat the
> sql file to /dev/null successfully?

[postgres(at)stirling ~]$ cat /tmp/dbname080225.sql > /dev/null
[postgres(at)stirling ~]$

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