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Combined PITR/pg_dump backups?

From: Brian Hurt <bhurt(at)janestcapital(dot)com>
To: pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Combined PITR/pg_dump backups?
Date: 2008-01-02 17:32:51
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I'm looking at what I want to do with backups, and from where I sit, 
there are two options:
    1) WAL logging/PITR
    2) pg_dump using the binary protocol

The first allows me to recreate the database as it was at an arbitrary 
point in time, the second allows me to recover just a single table.

The question I have is: can I do both?  Not as in "backing up the 
database twice", but as a combined process.  What I'm thinking of is the 
following process:
    - I do normal WAL loging as in PITR.
    - When I want to start a backup, I do a pg_start_backup(...), like PITR.
    - Instead of taring up the files on the filesystem, I instead do a 
    - When the pg_dump completes, I do a pg_end_backup(), like PITR.

Single table backup would be like normal with pg_dump.  Whole database 
recovery would be a little bit more involved- I'd have to restore the 
database from the last pg_dump, then kick it into recovery mode (I 
*think* this is possible?) and recover the WAL logs.

Would this insane idea even work?  Possibly, even probably not- I don't 
think pg_dump keeps the transaction ids correct (why would it?), so that 
could be a problem trying to recover WAL files.  If it's not totally 
insane, has anyone actually tried this?



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