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Re: pg_dump docs should mention TMPDIR

From: Mark Stosberg <mark(at)summersault(dot)com>
To: pgsql-docs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: pg_dump docs should mention TMPDIR
Date: 2006-05-03 18:05:23
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On 2006-05-03, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us> wrote:
> Mark Stosberg <mark(at)summersault(dot)com> writes:
>> A suggested addition to the pg_dump docs:
>> This would be an extension to the documentation for the "tar" format:
>> The tar format needs some space to create temporary files. By default
>> "/tmp" is used. On systems with small "/tmp" partitions, set the
>> "TMPDIR" environment variable to a location with more space, such as
>> "/usr/tmp".
> There is no reference to TMPDIR in the pg_dump code.  It may be that
> tmpfile() pays attention to such an environment variable on your
> machine, but there's nothing about it in the Single Unix Spec.

Yes, on FreeBSD "man tmpfile()" documents the use of TMPDIR.

If TMPDIR isn't being respected globally, perhaps there /should/ be
logic in the code to make that so. Even on fairly modern FreeBSD
installs, sometimes "/tmp" only has 256 MB of room. There really should
be a reliable way to specify a different temporary directory.

>> Also, I would like it if the pg_dump docs more assertively recommended
>> one of the "tar" or "custom" formats. They seem very similiar.
> Yeah.  I think it should specifically recommend custom format.  The only
> reason for using tar format would be if you want to process the file
> later with something other than pg_restore.

Thanks for the recommendation. 

Is that any concern that over time newer pg_restore's won't read old
"custom" formats? That would be my only worry-- that the data would be
locked in a binary format which becomes unsupported.


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