On Fri, Jan 13, 2017 at 7:09 AM, Michael Paquier
<michael.paqu...@gmail.com> wrote:

> There is no real harm in including current_logfiles in base
> backups, but that's really in the same bag as postmaster.opts or
> postmaster.pid, particularly if the log file name has a
> timestamp.

I'm going to dispute that -- if postmaster.opts and postmaster.pid
are present when you restore, it takes away a level of insurance
against restoring a corrupted image of the database without knowing
it.  In particular, if the backup_label file is deleted (which
happens with alarmingly frequency), the startup code may think it
is dealing with a cluster that crashed rather than with a restore
of a backup.  This often leads to corruption (anything from
"database can't start" to subtle index corruption that isn't
noticed for months).  The presence of log files from the time of
the backup do not present a similar hazard.

So while I agree that there is no harm in including
current_logfiles in base backups, I object to the comparisons to
the more dangerous files.

Kevin Grittner
EDB: http://www.enterprisedb.com
The Enterprise PostgreSQL Company

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