On 2/19/18 2:05 PM, Don Seiler wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 12:39 PM, David Steele <da...@pgmasters.net
> <mailto:da...@pgmasters.net>> wrote:
>     I read "open it for testing (or backups in this case)" as letting
>     recovery complete and promoting the cluster to a master before taking
>     the backup.
>     Don, is that the case?  If it is, I think there's a problem with or
>     without a timeline switch.  If you confirm the backup is being taken as
>     above then I'll detail my concerns.
> Note that this is just for creating a couple of one-off backups to
> restore for our dev and pre-prod environments. Given that, I was going
> to open a new clone as its own cluster and take backups from that. The
> data would be the same though and suit purposes of the dev and pre-prod
> refreshes.
> If I were taking backups for the purpose of production backups, I would
> not do things this way. That is the eventual plan but right now we
> aren't ready to make the changes necessary in the production environment.

OK, that's fine then.  You can play these to consistency and they'll be
fine.  I just wouldn't try to do any PITR using the production WAL archive.


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