On Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 11:30 PM, Magnus Hagander <mag...@hagander.net> wrote:
>> it doesn't say that is not possible to use this for a standby
>> server... probably that's why i get the error i put a recovery.conf
>> after pg_basebackup finished... maybe we can say that  more loudly?
> The idea is, if you use it with -x (or --xlog), it's for taking a
> backup/clone, *not* for replication.
> If you use it without -x, then you can use it as the start of a
> replica, by adding a recovery.conf.
> But you can't do both at once, that will confuse it.

I stumbled upon this again today. There's nothing in the docs that
would even hint that using -x shouldn't work to create a replica. Why
does it get confused and can we (easily) make it not get confused? At
the very least it needs a big fat warning in documentation for the -x
option that the resulting backup might not be usable as a standby.

Ants Aasma
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