Bruce Momjian <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> we need to check to see which one has a WAL eof-of-segment marker (we
> have on of those, right?).

No, we don't.

> I think I see a solution. We are going to create a file during backup so
> we know the wal offsets and xids.  If we see that file, we know either
> we have a restore of a backup or they currently running a backup.

... or the last backup attempt failed, but they forgot to remove the
file it left.  Or we are doing crash recovery after the system lost
power while a backup was running.  Or half a dozen other obvious scenarios.

> If we tell them not to restore while a backup is running (seems pretty
> obvious) we can then delete pg_xlog when the backup wal offset file
> exists.  In other cases, we know the WAL files are valid to use.

We're not deleting pg_xlog, period.  IMHO it's too dangerous even to
have such a function in the code.

My original suggestion was to *replace* individual xlog files with data
extracted from archive, and only after determining that the archive
indeed has a copy of that particular file (and we can fetch it).
This at least has a fighting chance of not losing information.  Wiping
pg_xlog in toto on the basis of a guess about the system status is just
a form of russian roulette.  Sooner or later you will wipe some xlog
files that you can't get back from archive.

                        regards, tom lane

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