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Re: Migrating from 32 to 64 bit

From: Chris Browne <cbbrowne(at)acm(dot)org>
To: pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Migrating from 32 to 64 bit
Date: 2007-11-26 16:01:44
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montaseri(at)gmail(dot)com ("Medi Montaseri") writes:
> But theoretically speaking, 32 or 64-bit ness of the application (ie the postmaster server) should not influence the data types offered by a particular DB
> version. That is the semantics of data types and cpu-arch (register width, big endian, little endian, sparc, mips, x86), etc ) offered by a particular DB
> version should be orthogonal.
> A practical example is when I first begin my business on a Mac, then I move the database to a Sun and then on to a mainframe....

That's well and fine, but the point is that when those (reasonably
generic!) data types get compiled into code for a particular platform,
with particular endianness and word size, how it is optimal to
represent them will vary based on the characteristics of the platform.

As a result, not only do you need different executable binaries each
platform, but you also need different binary database structures on
each platform.

A conceptually mitigating factor should be that by the time you get
around to changing platforms, there will likely be a Newer, Better,
Major PostgreSQL version available.  So you should be considering
doing a migration from "old, slower, inferior version on the inferior
platform" to the "better, stronger, faster version on the superior
platform."  With THAT context, the need to run initdb is further
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