Re: Refactor handling of database attributes between pg_dump and pg_dumpall

From: Haribabu Kommi <kommi(dot)haribabu(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: "pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org" <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Refactor handling of database attributes between pg_dump and pg_dumpall
Date: 2017-03-21 07:02:42
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Because of this refactor handing of database objects between
pg_dump and pg_dumpall, the latest pg_dump tap tests are
failing in the following scenarios.


Before this patch, the pg_dump uses to dump the CREATE
DATABASE command of postgres but not by pg_dumpall.
During this refactor handling, the approach that I took in
pg_dump for the --create option to use the similar appraoch
of pg_dumpall to not to print the CREATE DATABASE commands
for "postgres" and "template1" databases.

It just prints the ALTER DATABASE commands to SET the
TABLESPACE for those two databases.

Solution -1) Just ignore dumping these CREATE DATABASE
commands and provide the user information in the documentation
to create "postgres" and "template1" database in the target in case
if they don't exist. If this kind of cases are very rare.

Solution-2) Add a new command line option/some other settings
to indicate the pg_dump execution is from pg_dumpall and follow
the current refactored behavior, otherwise follow the earlier pg_dump
behavior in handling CREATE DATABASE commands for "postgres"
and "template1" databases.

2. In dumpDatabases function before calling the runPgDump command,
Before refactoring, it used to connect to the database and dump
"SET default_transaction_read_only = off;" to prevent some accidental
overwrite of the target.

I fixed it in the attached patch by removing the connection and dumping
the set command.

Does it needs the similar approach of solution-2) in previous problem and
handle dumping the "SET default_transaction_read_only = off;" whenever
the CREATE DATABASE and \connect command is issued?

Documentation is yet to update to reflect the above changes.

Hari Babu
Fujitsu Australia

Attachment Content-Type Size
pg_dump_changes_3.patch application/octet-stream 41.1 KB

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