On Sat, Aug 20, 2016 at 1:39 PM, Bruce Momjian <br...@momjian.us> wrote:
> Someone reported that a replication slot that existed at the time a base
> backup was done on the master was copied to the standby.  Because they
> didn't realize it, their WAL was not being recycled on the standby.
> Is that possible?  Is it a known behavior?  I don't see it documented.

>From backup.sgml:
    It is often a good idea to also omit from the backup the files
    within the cluster's <filename>pg_replslot/</> directory, so that
    replication slots that exist on the master do not become part of the
    backup.  Otherwise, the subsequent use of the backup to create a standby
    may result in indefinite retention of WAL files on the standby, and
    possibly bloat on the master if hot standby feedback is enabled, because
    the clients that are using those replication slots will still be connecting
    to and updating the slots on the master, not the standby.  Even if the
    backup is only intended for use in creating a new master, copying the
    replication slots isn't expected to be particularly useful, since the
    contents of those slots will likely be badly out of date by the time
    the new master comes on line.

Note as well that pg_basebackup omits its content and creates an empty

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