I think it is important to figure out why this is happening. I would
not want to run any production databases on systems that were failing
I am trying to figure out what are the likely causes of the errors...
1) Any other computers suffer random application crashes, power downs,
etc. in your building?
2) I take it there are no Raid controllers involved?
3) RAM is non-ECC?
4) Are the systems on UPS's?
If I could make a wild (and probably wrong) guess, I would wonder if
something external to the system (like electrical supply) was
introducing glitches into memory, causing bad data to be written. I am
only mentioning it because I have implicated electrical supply in other
cases where rare computer failurres weer affecting many systems...
Ian Westmacott wrote:
>For several weeks now we have been experiencing fairly
>severe database corruption upon clean reboot. It is very
>repeatable, and the corruption is of the following forms:
>ERROR: could not access status of transaction foo
>DETAIL: could not open file "bar": No such file or directory
>ERROR: invalid page header in block foo of relation "bar"
>ERROR: uninitialized page in block foo of relation "bar"
>At first, we believed this was related to XFS, and have
>been pursuing investigations along those lines. However,
>we have now experienced the exact same problem with JFS.
>Here are some details:
>- Postgres 7.4.2
>- 2.6.6 kernel.org kernel
>- dedicated database partition
>- repeatable with XFS and JFS (have not seen on ext3)
>- repeatable with and without Linux software RAID 0
>- repeatable with IDE and SATA
>- repeatable with and without fsync, and with fdatasync
>- repeatable on multiple systems
>I have two questions:
>- any known reason why this might be occurring? (we must
> have something wrong, for this high rate of severe
>- if I don't care about losing data, and am not interested
> in trying to recover anything, how can I arrange for
> Postgres to proceed normally? I know about
> zero_damaged_pages, but this doesn't help with missing
> transaction files and such. Is there any way to get
> Postgres to chuck anything bad and proceed?
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