First of all forgive me if I am totally incorrect - I may very well be:) If so, believe me I will be a very happy camper since my concerns will be void. My concern was raised when I backed up the server which was receiving production data, and I restored it in a developmen server. The difference between both of them is tht the production server has a very high row insertion rate, while the development server has about 10 rows per minute inserted (just to enable us to check tht our real time aggregation code and graphical display routines are working properly).
After restoring, when we fired up the service responsible for record insertion, I began receiving the constraint violations on the columns controlled by the sequences. The table had higher values in them than the sequences. This raised a huge red flag for me. My concern was that the aggreegated data tables may not reflect the data in the raw inserted tables - essentially, that they may be out of sync.
The particular table which was problematic (and for which I posted another message due to the unique constraint violation which I am seeing intermittently) is the one with the high insertion rate. The sequence is currently being used to facilitate purginf of old records. However, as I study and play more with PostgreSQL, I found the ability to partition a table. Once I move to table partitioning, my problem of ourgin data past retention periods will be fixed.
My entire conecpt may have been incorrect and is based with my experiences with MS SQL Server whereby when I purged records based on the date, due to the large amounts of data huge transaction logs were created, and in some cases ended up using so much diskspace that the database imploded! The workaroound which I created under SQL Server was to assign an identity field to each row, select the minimum value for the day to be purged, and then purge records 10,000 at a time within transactions. This kept the transaction file small and the database from exploding dye to running out of disk space.
It is very possible that this may not have been an issue with PostgreSQL, but I could not take a chance, so I ported the methodology over. The new architecture will have a table partition for each month (12 partitions). Once the retention period of the given partition expires it will simply be truncated.
Sorry for the rambling, but, if I understand correctly from you, the only items which were out of synch were the sequences, but all of the tables would have maintained consistency relative to each other? If so, once I get rid of the unnecessary sequences, I can create a small function to be run after a restore which can reset the sequences to the proper value. That would be simple enough, and would provide an easily implemented solution.
You'll probably see me in here asking lots of questins as I cut my teeth on PostgreSQL. Hopefully, at some point in the future I will be able to contribute back with solutions :)
Once again, thank you. Also, did you receive the snippet of the stored procedure which I sent you? As I mentioned, the only place where row insertion is performed is via that stored procedure, and the sequences were created by defining the columns as "bigserial", which still has me puzzled as to why I am experiencing the contraing violation on the unique primary key.
From: Tom Lane [mailto:tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us]
Sent: Thu 4/20/2006 9:09 PM
To: Benjamin Krajmalnik
Subject: Re: [ADMIN] Howto: Using PITR recovery for standby replication
"Benjamin Krajmalnik" <kraj(at)illumen(dot)com> writes:
> I have tried using pg_dump, but discovered that the backup was not a =
> consistent backup.
> Back to the problem I faced when testing backups with pg_dump, it =
> appears that the backup was not a consistent backup of the data. For =
> example, sequences which are used by some tables bo longer held the =
> correct values (the tables now held higher values),
Sequences are non-transactional, so pg_dump might well capture a higher
value of the sequence counter than is reflected in any table row, but
there are numerous other ways by which a gap can appear in the set of
sequence values. That's not a bug. If you've got real discrepancies
in pg_dump's output, a lot of us would like to know about 'em.
regards, tom lane
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