pg_basebackup fails on Windows when using tablespace mapping

From: nb <nbedxp(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: pg_basebackup fails on Windows when using tablespace mapping
Date: 2017-06-26 16:57:11
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Trying to take a `pg_basebackup -T OLDDIR=NEWDIR [etc]` on master
(server running the cluster) fails on Windows with error "pg_basebackup:
directory "OLDDIR" exists but is not empty".

Version: 9.6.2, installed from Standard EDB package (built with MSVC).

Repro steps:

1. Have a cluster running on Windows (you'll need max_wal_senders at
least 2 and wal_level replica for pg_basebackup -X stream)

2. create tablespace testspc location 'somedisk:\some\location'; --
Slash direction is irrelevant

3. run `pg_basebackup -T somedisk:\some\location=somedisk:\new\location
-X stream -D somedisk:\some\other_location -h -U postgres`

The error should read:

pg_basebackup: directory "somedisk:\some\location" exists but is not empty


This was discussed today in IRC. As a temporary solution it was
suggested to add 'canonicalize_path(buf);' before return in

** DISCLAMER: note that value of r is not adjusted, so this is not a
production ready fix in any way. **

This fixed the issue, but as a side effect, pg_tablespace_location
displays path in canonicalized format which might look weird to most
Windows users.

There was a suggestion to fix this in client instead, but this fix was
the simplest one to implement.

This is my first post to Hackers, so please let me know if I missed
something or can provide any additional info to help further investigate
this issue.

Kind regards,



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