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Re: backup including symbolic links?

From: NUWAN LIYANAGE <alnuwan(at)yahoo(dot)com>
To: Scott Marlowe <scott(dot)marlowe(at)gmail(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: backup including symbolic links?
Date: 2008-01-26 21:06:18
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Yes, I was thinking of doing a pg_dumpall, but my only worry was that the singl file is going to be pretty large. I guess I don't have to worry too much about that.
  But my question to you sir is, If I want to create the development db using this pg dump file, how do I actually edit create tablespace statements so they will be created in the directory I want them to be. Or should I even worry about this.. (I want my data directory to be in E: drive including all the tablespaces.) 
  Thank you very much for your reply.
Scott Marlowe <scott(dot)marlowe(at)gmail(dot)com> wrote:
  On Jan 25, 2008 1:55 PM, NUWAN LIYANAGE wrote:
> Hello,
> I have a 450gb production database, and was trying to create a development
> database using a bkp.
> I was following the instructions on postgres documentation, and came across
> the paragraph that says...
> " If you are using tablespaces that do not reside underneath this (data)
> directory, be careful to include them as well (and be sure that your backup
> dump archives symbolic links as links, otherwise the restore will mess up
> your tablespaces)."
> I have a seperate pg_tablespaces folder under E:\ drive since there wasn't
> enough space in my C:\ drive to put them.
> My db is 8.2 and is running on windows 2003.
> Can anyone tell me how to backup my database (including the symbolic links
> as links).

A standard pg_dumpall --globals will dump the create tablespace
statement, which you can edit as needed for your new machine. A plain
pg_dump of the database will dump out the tables with tablespace
statements. A pg_dumpall of the whole database cluster can also be
used to do this.

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