On Thu, Aug 18, 2016 at 7:20 PM, Stephen Frost <sfr...@snowman.net> wrote:
> * Venkata B Nagothi (nag1...@gmail.com) wrote:
> > On Wed, Aug 17, 2016 at 11:27 PM, Stephen Frost <sfr...@snowman.net>
> > > * Venkata B Nagothi (nag1...@gmail.com) wrote:
> > > > Agreed. Additional option like "pause" would. As long as there is an
> > > option
> > > > to ensure following happens if the recovery target is not reached -
> > > >
> > > > a) PG pauses the recovery at the end of the WAL
> > > > b) Generates a warning in the log file saying that recovery target
> > > > is not reached (there is a patch being worked upon on by Thom on
> > > > c) Does not open-up the database exiting from the recovery process
> > > > giving room to resume the replay of WALs
> > >
> > > One thing to consider is just how different this is from simply
> > > PG up as a warm standby instead, with the warning added to indicate if
> > > the recovery point wasn't reached.
> > I am referring to a specific scenario (performing point-in time recovery)
> > where-in a DBA attempts to bring up a standalone PG instance by restoring
> > the backup and performing recovery to a particular recover target (XID,
> > time or a named restore point) in the past by replaying all the available
> > WAL archives, which is not quite possible through a warm-standby setup.
> > Warm standby is more of a high-availability solution and i do not think
> > it addresses PITR kind of situation.
> No, a warm standby is one which just plays through the WAL but doesn't
> bring the database up or start its own set of WAL, which is what you're
> asking about.
I understand that, in warm-standby, PG does continuously replay WAL without
bringing up the database as the database will be in standby mode, which
While recovering the database to a particular recovery target point ( and
there is no requirement to setup standby ), then, there is a risk that
database will get promoted due to missing or corrupt WALs. Which means,
there is no way to avoid promotion and resume WAL recovery. An option like
"pause" with a new parameter would be ideal to prevent database promotion
at a default recovery target, which is "immediate" or "end-of-WAL".
Venkata B N