Tom Lane wrote:
> Darren Reed <darrenr+postgres(at)fastmail(dot)net> writes:
> > Starting up postgres, I get the log contents below.
> > Is it really as bad as it suggests, namely that I
> > need to recover from backup?
> Probably :-(
I've started a new db in parallel with the old data and I'm rebuilding,
and if I can rebuild quicker than I can recover old data, I'll do that.
> pg_resetxlog would let you into the database, but I do not have high
> hopes about the consistency/correctness of what you'll find. The best
> advice would be:
> 1. pg_resetxlog
# su postgres -c "/usr/pkg/bin/pg_resetxlog -n /data/db"
pg_control version number: 812
Catalog version number: 200510211
Database system identifier: 5138205682483264479
Current log file ID: 2
Next log file segment: 103
Latest checkpoint's TimeLineID: 1
Latest checkpoint's NextXID: 4570963
Latest checkpoint's NextOID: 24576
Latest checkpoint's NextMultiXactId: 1
Latest checkpoint's NextMultiOffset: 0
Maximum data alignment: 4
Database block size: 8192
Blocks per segment of large relation: 131072
Maximum length of identifiers: 64
Maximum columns in an index: 32
Date/time type storage: floating-point numbers
Maximum length of locale name: 128
# su postgres -c "/usr/pkg/bin/pg_resetxlog -f /data/db"
Transaction log reset
And a start is greated with:
LOG: database system was shut down at 2008-02-20 11:04:51 PST
LOG: checkpoint record is at 2/6A00001C
LOG: redo record is at 2/6A00001C; undo record is at 2/6A00001C;
LOG: next transaction ID: 4570963; next OID: 24576
LOG: next MultiXactId: 1; next MultiXactOffset: 0
PANIC: could not access status of transaction 4570963
DETAIL: could not read from file "pg_clog/0004" at offset 90112:
Undefined error: 0
LOG: startup process (PID 29662) was terminated by signal 6
LOG: aborting startup due to startup process failure
> 2. pg_dumpall
> 3. initdb, restore from backup
> 4. compare dump from step 2 to backup dump, apply any changes that seem
> And don't forget
> 5. Figure out why a simple power failure was able to do this to you,
> and fix it. The most likely bet is that your disk drives are lying
> about write completion ... see the PG archives for discussion.
Yes, that I can believe.
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