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BUG #2488: backup history file is archived doubly

From: "Masao Fujii" <fujii(dot)masao(at)oss(dot)ntt(dot)co(dot)jp>
To: pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: BUG #2488: backup history file is archived doubly
Date: 2006-06-21 13:20:47
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The following bug has been logged online:

Bug reference:      2488
Logged by:          Masao Fujii
Email address:      fujii(dot)masao(at)oss(dot)ntt(dot)co(dot)jp
PostgreSQL version: 8.1.4
Operating system:   Fedora Core 5
Description:        backup history file is archived doubly

Hi, My name is Masao Fujii.

I found an error that backup history file is archived doubly.

postgresql.conf that I changed from the default is as follow.

  archive_command = 'cp %p /home/postgres/pg_archive/%f'

The sequence of steps to reproduce the problem is as follow.
NOTE: it is very rare that the problem reproduces.

[postgres(at)excalibur pgsql-8.1.4]$ bin/psql sampledb
Welcome to psql 8.1.4, the PostgreSQL interactive terminal.

Type:  \copyright for distribution terms
       \h for help with SQL commands
       \? for help with psql commands
       \g or terminate with semicolon to execute query
       \q to quit

sampledb=# SELECT pg_start_backup('test1');
(1 row)

sampledb=# SELECT pg_stop_backup();
(1 row)

The server log is as follow.

[postgres(at)excalibur pgsql-8.1.4]$ bin/postmaster -D ./data
LOG:  database system was shut down at 2006-06-21 21:40:26 JST
LOG:  checkpoint record is at 0/33A6AC
LOG:  redo record is at 0/33A6AC; undo record is at 0/0; shutdown TRUE
LOG:  next transaction ID: 565; next OID: 10794
LOG:  next MultiXactId: 1; next MultiXactOffset: 0
LOG:  database system is ready
LOG:  transaction ID wrap limit is 2147484146, limited by database
LOG:  transaction ID wrap limit is 2147484146, limited by database
LOG:  archived transaction log file
LOG:  archived transaction log file

The cause of the problem is that pg_stop_backup creates two *.ready files.
One file is created by pg_stop_backup > RemoveOldBackupHistory >
XLogArchiveIsDone > XLogArchiveNotify.
Another is created by pg_stop_backup > XLogArchiveNotify.

The problem occurs if archiver process executes archive_command during the
creation of two files.

I'll be pleased if you cope with the trouble.

Thanks in advance,


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