Magnus Hagander wrote: >On Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:03 PM, Noah Misch <noah(at)leadboat(dot)com> wrote: >> On Thu, Aug 01, 2013 at 01:04:42PM -0400, Andrew Dunstan wrote: >>> On 08/01/2013 12:15 PM, Noah Misch wrote: >>>> 1. Include in the base backup a file listing symbolic links/junction points, >>>> then have archive recovery recreate them. This file would be managed like the >>>> backup label file; exclusive backups would actually write it to the master >>>> data directory, and non-exclusive backups would incorporate it on the fly. >>>> pg_basebackup could also omit the actual links from its backup. Nearly any >>>> tar or file copy utility would then suffice. > >>> I like #1, it seems nice and workable. > >> Agreed. I'll lean in that direction for resolving the proximate problem.
>+1. I had implemented the above feature which will help to restore symlinks during archive recovery. Implementation details: ----------------------------------- 1. This feature is implemented only for tar format in windows as native windows utilites are not able to create symlinks while extracting files from tar (It might be possible to create symlinks if cygwin is installed on your system, however I feel we need this feature to work for native windows as well). Another reason to not create it for non-tar (plain) format is that plain format can update the symlinks via -T option and backing up symlink file during that operation can lead to spurious symlinks after archive recovery. 2. Symlink file format: <oid> <linkpath> 16387 E:\PostgreSQL\tbs Symlink file will contain entries for all the tablspaces under pg_tblspc directory. I have kept the file name as symlink_label (suggestion are welcome if you want some different name for this file). 3. While taking exclusive backup, write the symlink file in master data directory similar to backup_label file. 4. Non-exclusive backups include the symlink file in archive. 5. Archive recovery will create symlinks if symlink_label file is present and contain information about symlinks, it will rename the file symlink_label.old after its done with the usage of file. 6. Cancel backup will rename the file symlink_label to symlink_label.old to avoid server trying to create symlinks during archive recovery. Feedback? With Regards, Amit Kapila. EnterpriseDB: http://www.enterprisedb.com
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