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Re: Power outage borked things (8.1.10)...

From: Darren Reed <darrenr+postgres(at)fastmail(dot)net>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Power outage borked things (8.1.10)...
Date: 2008-02-20 19:14:44
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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 values:

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
LC_COLLATE:                           C
LC_CTYPE:                             C
# 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; 
shutdown TRUE
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
> sane
> 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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