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Re: pg_dumpall (7.1beta1, current CVS)

From: Larry Rosenman <ler(at)lerctr(dot)org>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: PostgreSQL Hackers List <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: pg_dumpall (7.1beta1, current CVS)
Date: 2001-01-02 02:04:56
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* Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us> [010101 13:16]:
> Larry Rosenman <ler(at)lerctr(dot)org> writes:
> > I noticed today that pg_dumpall from current CVS does *NOT*
> > dump a password assiged to the postgres user.  
> > I consider this BAD, since if one has to restore from
> > a pg_dumpall, one may forget to reset the password. 
> I'm unconvinced.  The pg_dumpall script is clearly intended to allow
> restoration into a new database installation with a different superuser;
> you will note that the script is careful not to assume that the old and
> new superuser names are the same (an assumption your proposed patch
> does make).
> In any case the new installation certainly already *has* a superuser.
> I'm not sure it's the job of the restore script to change his password
> for him.
> This does point up that there is some state that is not saved/restored
> by pg_dumpall --- the pg_hba.conf file and other config files that
> live in $PGDATA come to mind.  Perhaps there should be a separate
> utility that saves/restores these.  (pg_dump can't do it because there's
> no way to retrieve these files through a database connection.)
How would you suggest doing this?  A shell script that makes a SHAR or
somesuch?  Or what?  Should it save the SuperUser password?  

I agree that this is a shortcoming.  

As to the SuperUser password thing, how do we remind the user that
they had one set?  Can we at least put out a comment in the pg_dumpall
output that mentions it? 

> 			regards, tom lane
Larry Rosenman           
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