Thanks for this hint, I'll try to do this. Is there any change you could send
me your 02:00 AM script so that i use something *I know* is already working?
Perhaps off the mailing list, since maybe not everyone will enjoy code on
On Wednesday 13 December 2006 06:21, Andy Shellam (Mailing Lists) wrote:
> This could be implemented as a fairly simple script that does:
> - Specify a base backup name (e.g. with date/time)
> - Connect to postgres database
> - Issue pg_start_backup('base backup name')
> - Tar the data cluster directory, excluding pg_xlog
> - Issue pg_stop_backup
> - Compress the created archive
> - Move the created archive to the backup history folder (or tape-drive etc)
> - Find the date/time stamp of the latest ".backup" file in the xlog archive
> - Remove any WAL files created earlier than this ".backup" file
> (excluding the first WAL file needed - specified as START_WAL_LOCATION
> (within the .backup file)
> This process runs on our main PGSQL server at 2:00 in the morning and
> finishes within 4 minutes (on a 2GB database), and our backups can
> restore reliably - we have a base backup from 2:00am, and WAL files
> maintained throughout the day. We're getting a new WAL file archived
> roughly every 3-6 minutes, so should our server crash (or we feel the
> need) we can restore up to 6 minutes ago.
> The archive_command is just a simple copy - "cp %p /path/to/archive/%f"
> There's really nothing difficult, it puts you (the administrator) in
> control of every aspect of your backup which is a good thing.
> "If this is it, then I'll end up with an old level zero (i.e. full, base )
> backup and A LOT of level 1 (i.e. transaction log) backup. I think it
> should be more like it's for Informix, where you ask the database to
> perform an online level 0 backup (base); after this, it stores transaction
> logs on disk, which you can archive with level 1 backup. Then, say
> everyonce in a week, you get another level 0 backup, and the database
> clears the already-archived logs from disk and starts all over."
> This to me is exactly the same approach. If you really want to, you can
> tell PostgreSQL to do an online backup, wait a week (saving all WAL
> logs), then perform another online backup and remove the previous week's
> log files - it's just you'll end up with a lot of log files (dependent
> on transaction frequency and archive settings.) You don't have to have
> one base backup and then a ton of log files, because it'll take you
> forever to restore it, in fact the more often you perform a base backup
> the better (I had to restore a 2GB database a while backup, with a
> week's worth of WAL files, and it took 10 hours!)
> "a lack of -i in cp, for example"
> FWIW, -i in copy won't render a backup useless - only if the file to be
> archived has already been archived (in which case it stands a chance
> it's the same file anyway as PG rotates/recycles WAL file numbers.)
> Hope this goes some way to helping you out,
> Eduardo J. Ortega wrote:
> > Hi:
> > Well, I don't really like the fact that admin has to specify the
> > archiving and restoring command; an error here (a lack of -i in cp, for
> > example) may render the backup useless. In addition, the backup is
> > performed only everytime the WAL file is filled; i need to take
> > consistent backups every hour or so, and I am not sure if that time
> > represents more or less than a WAL file ( i could still measure that, i
> > guess). Finally, as I understand, the WAL backup method works like this:
> > 1) Take full base FS backup
> > 2) get some way to copy WAL files
> > If this is it, then I'll end up with an old level zero (i.e. full, base )
> > backup and A LOT of level 1 (i.e. transaction log) backup. I think it
> > should be more like it's for Informix, where you ask the database to
> > perform an online level 0 backup (base); after this, it stores
> > transaction logs on disk, which you can archive with level 1 backup.
> > Then, say everyonce in a week, you get another level 0 backup, and the
> > database clears the already-archived logs from disk and starts all over.
> > I guess this could be achieved with PG, but it requieres considerably
> > more steps (pg_start_backup, pg_stop_backup, manually cleaning old log
> > files which could be an error point), or I am getting something wrong.
> > Besides, why do you need to tell the database to stop the backup?
> > shouldn't it stop by itself when there's no more information to be
> > archived?
> > Perhaps if any of you has this method working, you could provide me with
> > your archiving and restoring commands as well as a description of the
> > whole process the way you implemented it.
> > Thanks,
> > Eduardo.
> > On Wednesday 13 December 2006 02:39, Shoaib Mir wrote:
> >> To me PITR looks like a very nice solution for incremental backup and
> >> even they can serve as a warm standby. What exactly are the
> >> complications you see with WAL archiving?
> >> ---------------
> >> Shoaib Mir
> >> EnterpriseDB (www.enterprisedb.com)
> >> On 12/13/06, Eduardo J. Ortega <ejortegau(at)cable(dot)net(dot)co> wrote:
> >>> Hi there:
> >>> Are there any nice (official or third party) backup utilities for
> >>> postgres? I
> >>> have a database which is several GB, so pg_dumping it to file and then
> >>> bzipping2 every hour is not really the way to go. I've read a little
> >>> about using WAL for incremental backup, but it sounds a little
> >>> complicated and *very* user-error prone.
> >>> (Not sure if this is the right place for it, but i really think that
> >>> PG's developers should consider including a viable backup utility in
> >>> the next version)
> >>> thanks.
> >>> --
> >>> Eduardo J. Ortega - Linux user #222873
> >>> "No fake - I'm a big fan of konqueror, and I use it for everything." --
> >>> Linus
> >>> Torvalds
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