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Re: Error on Vacuum?

From: "John J(dot) Urbaniak" <jjurban(at)attglobal(dot)net>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Error on Vacuum?
Date: 2010-01-06 22:50:54
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Tom Lane wrote:

Thanks for the advice.  But I can't even connect to the database, nor 
start the server on it.  I guess the data is just lost.

I don't know if there is an eCS (or OS/2) version of PGS beyond 8.0

I'll look into it.



> "John J. Urbaniak" <jjurban(at)attglobal(dot)net> writes:
>> I try to vacuum and get this message:
>> Vacuuming of database "oz" failed: ERROR: catalog is missing 3 
>> attributes for relid 45564.
>> Can anybody tell me what this message means and what, if anything I can 
>> do to fix it?
> It means that some of the pg_attribute rows for the table with oid 45564
> seem to be missing.  (Try "select relname from pg_class where oid = 45564"
> to find out which table that is.)
> If you're really lucky, this is just index corruption and "reindex table
> pg_attribute" will fix it.  I forget whether 8.0 requires you to do
> anything special to reindex pg_attribute --- you might need to do it in
> a standalone backend.  Read the REINDEX man page.
> If that doesn't fix it, you're pretty much out of luck as far as
> recovering that table goes, but you might be able to just drop it
> and perhaps the rest of the database will be okay.  (Or perhaps not
> ... no way to tell from this whether the corruption in pg_attribute
> hurt anything else.)  I don't think DROP TABLE will work, but you
> could delete the pg_class row for it and then pg_dump should work.
> I'd recommend dump, initdb, reload to make sure there's not any
> hidden corruption lingering.  This would also be a great opportunity
> to update to something less obsolete than PG 8.0.  We don't support
> or recommend anything before 8.2 on Windows-ish systems, and even
> then you want 8.2.something-pretty-recent.
> 			regards, tom lane

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