* Tom Lane ( wrote:
> Simon Riggs <> writes:
> > On 1 March 2017 at 01:58, David Steele <> wrote:
> >> PostgreSQL currently requires the file mode mask (umask) to be 0077.
> >> However, this precludes the possibility of a user in the postgres group
> >> performing a backup (or whatever).  Now that
> >> pg_start_backup()/pg_stop_backup() privileges can be delegated to an
> >> unprivileged user, it makes sense to also allow a (relatively)
> >> unprivileged user to perform the backup at the file system level as well.
> > +1
> I'd ask what is the point, considering that we don't view "cp -a" as a
> supported backup technique in the first place.

The point is to allow backups to be performed as a user who only has
read-only access to the files and is a non-superuser in the database.
With the changes to allow GRANT'ing of the pg_start/stop_backup and
related functions and these changes to allow the files to be group
readable, that will be possible using a tool such as pgbackrest, not
just with a "cp -a".



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