On Sun, Mar 16, 2014 at 7:53 PM, MauMau <maumau...@gmail.com> wrote: > From: "Amit Kapila" <amit.kapil...@gmail.com> > >> How about using pg_receivexlog for archiving purpose? > > > pg_receivexlog is good in that it does fsync(). But it seems difficult to > use correctly, and I'm not sure if I can catch all WAL segments without any > loss. pg_receivexlog must be started with postmaster and monitored with > some measures. This won't be very easy at least on Windows. > > The pg_receivexlog reference page suggests another difficulty: > > Notes > When using pg_receivexlog instead of archive_command, the server will > continue to recycle transaction log files even if the backups are not > properly archived, since there is no command that fails. This can be worked > around by having an archive_command that fails when the file has not been > properly archived yet, for example: > archive_command = 'sleep 5 && test -f /mnt/server/archivedir/%f' > > This suggestion is not correct, because it only checks the existence of the > file. What if the file size is less than 16MB? How can we check if the > file is completely archived?
The most probable reasons for un-successful archiving could be: 1. Disk space got full - pg_receivexlog makes sure while open/create new segment file that the size of new file should be 16MB (open_walfile()). So due to this reason there should not be a problem to above command. 2. Permission got denied - I think this will lead to failure of above archive command mentioned by you. 3. n/w connection broken - This will also lead to failure of above command, but here I think there is a possibility that it might have checked the existence of in-complete wal file on archive location and consider it archived, but I think wal_keep_segments can avoid this problem. Also if you are on 9.4, then may be --slot parameter can help you. With Regards, Amit Kapila. EnterpriseDB: http://www.enterprisedb.com -- Sent via pgsql-hackers mailing list (email@example.com) To make changes to your subscription: http://www.postgresql.org/mailpref/pgsql-hackers