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Re: Backup of live database

From: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Tom Davies <tgdavies(at)gmail(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Backup of live database
Date: 2008-01-16 23:26:30
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Tom Davies <tgdavies(at)gmail(dot)com> writes:
> On 17/01/2008, at 4:42 AM, Tom Arthurs wrote:
>> The important thing is to start archiving the WAL files *prior* to  
>> the first OS backup, or you will end up with an unusable data base.

> Why does the recovery need WAL files from before the backup?

It doesn't, but there's no reasonable way to start both processes at
exactly the same instant, so the standard advice is to start archiving

			regards, tom lane

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