|From:||Bradley McLean <brad(at)bradm(dot)net>|
|To:||Larry Rosenman <ler(at)lerctr(dot)org>|
|Cc:||Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>, gearond(at)cvc(dot)net, Dmitry Tkach <dmitry(at)openratings(dot)com>, mike McGire <mmcgire(at)hotmail(dot)com>, pgsql-general(at)postgresql(dot)org|
|Subject:||Re: A few questions to real pgsql gurus|
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* Larry Rosenman (ler(at)lerctr(dot)org) [030224 13:48]:
> --On Monday, February 24, 2003 12:28:03 -0500 Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
> >If he's got an accurate snapshot of the WAL files, everything the
> >database has claimed to be committed will be committed. It's the same
> >scenario as a crash.
> the netapp facility is called SnapShot.
> What happens is that the original blocks of the file are write protected,
> and any changes are put elsewhere. (I don't recall whether it's the new or
> the old blocks that get saved, but it doesn't matter, the effect is the
> The snapshot stuff in Veritas' VxFS is very similar.
> It makes a consistent view of the filesystem available for backup.
And just for completeness, this is also available in Linux via LVM
see http://tldp.org/HOWTO/LVM-HOWTO/index.html - it works great out of
the box on RH8 - we have a 2TB NFS/SMB server built on it.
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