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Re: WAL based backup/recovery clarifications

From: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>
To: Sabin Coanda <sabin(dot)coanda(at)deuromedia(dot)ro>
Cc: pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: WAL based backup/recovery clarifications
Date: 2007-03-21 00:01:33
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Sabin Coanda wrote:
> Hi there,
> I'd like to use WAL, but I need some clarifications about the 
> backup/recovery procedure.
> In Postgresql v8.2.3 documentation, I found I have to make backup between 
> pg_start_backup/pg_stop_backup executions, using tar/cpio tools.
> May I use pg_dumpall instead ? Is it enough to restore the database later 
> with WAL ?

No, you need a binary backup, not a logical backup.

> If I cannot use pg_dumpall, please tell me exactly what are the directories 
> that have to be archived. I note that I use a standard configuration on 
> Windows.

All under "data".  Isn't the documentation clear?

  Bruce Momjian  <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>

  + If your life is a hard drive, Christ can be your backup. +

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