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PG_dump fatal error (second post)

From: "Nick Fankhauser" <nickf(at)ontko(dot)com>
To: "pgsql-admin" <pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: PG_dump fatal error (second post)
Date: 2003-07-20 22:11:07
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I'm reposting this problem because I didn't receive any responses to the
first post that led to a resolution- Perhaps this is a bug, but I'll give it
another chance here before promoting it to the bugs list.

Since sending the information below, I've set up a nearly identical system
on another box and loaded the same database there to ensure that my problem
isn't simply due to hardware or bit of corruption in my installed software.
I still get exactly the same message on the second box, so I'm practically
certain that this is a predictably repeatable problem with pg_dump.

Here's the original post:

I'm getting the following error message:

pg_dump: [tar archiver] could not write to tar member (wrote 39, attempted

Here are the particulars:

-I'm running this command: "pg_dump -Ft prod | prod.dump.tar" (The database
is named prod)

-The dump gets about 1/4 of the way through, and then gives me the error
message and dies.

-I'm running PostgreSQL version 7.3.2.

-There is plenty of disk space available.

-The same command on the same database and server with same specs worked
last week when I was on V7.2.1.

-Since upgrading, more data has been added, but the structure of the
database is unchanged.

-Using the -v switch shows me that it always quits on the same table, but
otherwise adds no new information.

-The part of the error message in parentheses changes on each run. For
instance, on the last run, I got  "(wrote 64, attempted 174)" The rest of
the message remains consistent.

-The table it quits on is fairly large- about 2.6GB. It is both "wide"
because it contains a text field that is usually a few sentences of text,
and "long", containing 9,137,808 records. This is also the only table in our
database that is split into multiple files.

-A text dump using this command works fine: "pg_dump prod > prod.dump.text"

I found a reference to this message in the admin list archives on 3/28/2003,
but it was in the context of a database containing large blobs (mine has no
blobs), and the suggestion was to upgrade to 7.3. I couldn't find a
resolution in that thread, so I'm not sure if it ever got worked out.

Any thoughts??


Nick Fankhauser

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