The current help text for pg_basebackup -R is "write recovery.conf after
This says nothing about what it actually does. I've had a number of people
ask me now why that's not default "because you need a recovery.conf to
restore from backup". The point being that it doesn't say anything about
the fact that it writes the file *for replication*. The help page does, but
not the message.
I propose a new message per the attached patch.
diff --git a/src/bin/pg_basebackup/pg_basebackup.c b/src/bin/pg_basebackup/pg_basebackup.c
index 0c82bc9..9020fb1 100644
@@ -337,7 +337,7 @@ usage(void)
printf(_(" -r, --max-rate=RATE maximum transfer rate to transfer data directory\n"
" (in kB/s, or use suffix \"k\" or \"M\")\n"));
printf(_(" -R, --write-recovery-conf\n"
- " write recovery.conf after backup\n"));
+ " write recovery.conf for replication\n"));
printf(_(" -S, --slot=SLOTNAME replication slot to use\n"));
printf(_(" --no-slot prevent creation of temporary replication slot\n"));
printf(_(" -T, --tablespace-mapping=OLDDIR=NEWDIR\n"
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