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Re: pg_cancel_backend and pg_ctl kill

From: Chander Ganesan <chander(at)otg-nc(dot)com>
To: Mija Lee <mija(at)scharp(dot)org>
Cc: pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: pg_cancel_backend and pg_ctl kill
Date: 2008-01-30 03:48:34
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Hi Mija,

Mija Lee wrote:
> Hi -
> I've been having some problems where we have a nightly script to
> replicate data which fails because of an <IDLE in transaction> process.
> I figured I should kill any of the processes before doing the
> replication. I've read several of the posts about pg_cancel_backend 
> and from what I've read it looks like this won't kill IDLE processes. 
> There were several suggestions about shelling out & using kill, or 
> writing a C function.
> What I'm wondering about is if pg_ctl kill [procpid] will do the job. 
> The doc seems to suggest this, but I'm wanted to check before bringing 
> my server to it's knees...
It will, but it's about the same as killing the backend process using 
the 'kill' command.  It's especially useful in the Windows environment, 
where no kill command exists.

Chander Ganesan
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