> The "major limitation" was solved by repmgr close to 2 years ago now.
> So while you're correct that the patch to fix that assumed that
> archiving worked as well, it has been possible to operate happily
> without it.

repmgr is not able to remaster using only streaming replication.  It
also requires an SSH connection, as well as a bunch of other
administative setup (and compiling from source on most platforms, a not
at all insignificant obstacle).  So you haven't solved the problem,
you've just provided a somewhat less awkward packaged workaround.

It's certainly possible to devise all kinds of workarounds for the
problem; I have a few myself in Bash and Python.  What I want is to stop
using workarounds.

Without the requirement for archiving, PostgreSQL binary replication is
almost ideally simple to set up and administer.  Turn settings on in
server A and Server B, run pg_basebackup and you're replicating.  It's
like 4 steps, all but one of which can be scripted through puppet.
However, the moment you add log-shipping to the mix things get an order
of magnitude more complicated, repmgr or not.

There's really only too things standing in the way of binary replication
being completely developer-friendly.  Remastering is the big one, and
the separate recovery.conf is the small one.  We can fix both.

Josh Berkus
PostgreSQL Experts Inc.

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