On Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 9:21 AM, David Steele <da...@pgmasters.net> wrote:

> Yes, they are typically very small.  The general exception to this rule
> is if logs are stored in pg_log.  I recommend storing logs out of the
> PGDATA dir as they can be quite large and don't really make sense to
> restore to another server.
> Files copied from the master will be marked as such in backup.manifest
> (master:true) so you can check for yourself.

Good to know. And fortunately for this DB we do have pg_log (and pg_xlog)
symlinked to different volumes outside of $PGDATA.

> I did come up with a sort of Rube Goldberg-esque workaround for now
> > involving using a clone of the prod standby VM from Veeam backup to use
> > as the backup source (after stopping recovery and opening it as a
> > standalone DB).
> You don't get PITR that way, of course, but at least it's a backup.  As
> long as your clone is consistent.

Yes it's a crash-consistent snapshot-based backup. I've done quite a few
restores from it and it works great. It can do PITR as well since I would
have all the WAL files from prod needed to keep recovering. But for these
cases I just recover it to the first consistent point and open it for
testing (or backups in this case).

Thanks for all your help!


Don Seiler

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