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Re: FK disappeared in 8.3.3

From: Achilleas Mantzios <achill(at)matrix(dot)gatewaynet(dot)com>
To: pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: FK disappeared in 8.3.3
Date: 2010-11-22 15:57:18
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Kevin thanx,
I explicitly wrote that:
"One additional issue that is worsening our situation is that we dont have TCP/IP access to the vessel. 
We only have term emulator (minicom) which dials up a remote mgetty 
(which works only if the weather conditions are ok, and nothing else is broken: read if we are lucky)"
(which means that any upgrade ... aspirations are ... optimistic in the best case scenario.)
Now if what you asked is why didnt i upgrade the DB to whatever newest 8.3.* version existed
at the mid of July, the answer is that we have not done an upgrade plan yet, so yes we prefer to keep
the same version on all vessels, until we are capable (find resources/time) to design a proper upgrade
plan (i repeat we do not have TCP/IP access to the DBs)
(imagine having to upgrade 61 installations for which you dont have ssh/scp ;) sounds fun right? )

To your question about versions, yes both are 8.3.3, and the pg_dump used to diff the schemas was from 8.3.3

Στις Monday 22 November 2010 16:58:17 ο/η Kevin Grittner έγραψε:
> Achilleas Mantzios <achill(at)matrix(dot)gatewaynet(dot)com> wrote:
> > One (ON DELETE CASCADE) FK constraint which was supposed to be
> > there was found to be (mysteriously) absent.
> Do you have old backups to see how long it has been gone?
> > So we pg_dumped the schema on a known good 8.3.3 identical test
> > database
> That's an oxymoron.  8.3.3 has known bugs and security vulnerability
> which have been fixed in maintenance releases which can be applied
> without a dump and reload.
> The current 8.3 release is 8.3.12.  For details of what's been
> fixed, see this:
> > and compared it against the suspicious schema on the problematic
> > vessel.  The diff (without options) alone produced ~ 7500 lines of
> > output.
> Were both databases at the same version number?  Was the same
> version of pg_dump used for both dumps?  (Note: you can always dump
> an older database with a newer version of pg_dump, but not vice
> versa.)
> > Both databases were created with the same procedure using dumps
> > from 7.4.2.
> The current version of 7.4 is 7.4.30!:
> I'm not clear what you mean, though.  Both databases are on 8.3.3?
> > I must mention that the HW of the problematic vessel died some
> > time around summer, and i had myself personally onboard, pg_dump
> > the old DB, and restore it to the new box.
> Did you get any errors when the dump was loaded?  A damaged database
> might have left orphaned rows which would have prevented creation of
> the foreign key.  Do you still have a dump file from that point?
> > I am puzzled about the differences in the schema, if any one has
> > any ideas  of why this might be happening, would be great.
> My first guess is that they were dumped by pg_dump executables from
> different versions.
> -Kevin

Achilleas Mantzios

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