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Re: Postgres database as a client/server architecture

From: Shane Ambler <pgsql(at)Sheeky(dot)Biz>
To: Mohammed Rashid <mail4rashid(at)gmail(dot)com>
Cc: Scott Marlowe <scott(dot)marlowe(at)gmail(dot)com>, Rich <rhdyes(at)gmail(dot)com>, pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Postgres database as a client/server architecture
Date: 2008-10-07 17:49:02
Message-ID: 48EBA10E.3010007@Sheeky.Biz (view raw, whole thread or download thread mbox)
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Mohammed Rashid wrote:
> Hi All,
> I think there is some confusion regarding this. I want postgres to be
> installed at two different PCs.Then the data from each postgres
> should be automatically updated to the third PC which we call server.
>  This process should be automatic. It should also take care of
> network disconnection between client and server. After establishment
> of network connections the remaining data should be automatically
> updated to the server. It is bit different from the mirroring of
> databases, but the concept is same.
> I just want to ask whether the Postgres database supports this or
> not? Or I have to write an application to do so.

I think this sounds like you want a server in the office and the two
clients are maybe laptops that want to synchronise changes between their
own data and the office server when they come into the office. So they
would send changes to the server as well as receive changes from the server.

This case of intermittent network connections isn't usually handled by
replication options so would be a custom setup by you. To automate the
task you want some sort of heartbeat monitor to detect the presence of
the server and perform the synchronising.

You will either want a list of changed records per client or modified
timestamps to determine what has changed since the last synchronise, as
well as define actions upon conflicts.


Shane Ambler
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