Hi Matthew

Actually running that test in a vm right now. =)

This is the same db dumped from 9.5 and 8.4 with compression 6 in the same 
system (smaller db in a vm).

real 82m33.744s
user 60m55.069s
sys 3m3.375s

real 42m46.381s
user 23m50.145s
sys 2m9.853s

When looking at a sample and/or instruments I think I can confirm what your 
hunch was/is. But I'm not skilled enough to say what's right and wrong nor what 
action to take. But 8.4 seems to use a system library libz.1.dylib while the 
9.4 dump refers to libz.1.2.8.dylib which I think is the one shipping with that 
particular installation I'm using (/Library/PostgreSQL//9.5/include/zlib.h).


I have no idea if I can relink the libs in 9.5 to other ones? support from the 
software company in question have suggested updating to a newer version of 9.5 
but not sure that'll solve it. I'm on thin ice here and not sure how to 
proceed. I'm not even sure if I should or if I should dump uncompressed and let 
something threaded take care of the compression. Sadly i'm the type of guy that 
can't let go so would be nice to get this to work properly anyways. =)

CHeers and many thanks again.

Henrik Cednert
cto | compositor

Filmlance International

On 22 Nov 2017, at 20:52, Matthew Hall 
<mh...@mhcomputing.net<mailto:mh...@mhcomputing.net>> wrote:

On Nov 22, 2017, at 5:06 AM, Henrik Cednert (Filmlance) 
<henrik.cedn...@filmlance.se<mailto:henrik.cedn...@filmlance.se>> wrote:

When investigating the zlib lead I looked at 8.4 installation and 9.5 
installation. 9.5 includes zlib.h (/Library/PostgreSQL//9.5/include/zlib.h), 
but 8.4 doesn't. But that's a header file and I have no idea how that really 
works and if that's the one used by pgres9.5 or not. The version in it says 
1.2.8 and that's what the Instruments are showing when I monitor pg_dump while 

Guess I'll have to install instruments in a dev env and do a pg_dump with 8.4 
to see the difference. Tedious. =/

I would also check the library linkages of the pg_dump binaries.

See if one thing is using an embedded zlib and the other a system zlib.

Then you could imagine one didn't get compiled with the best-performing CFLAGS, 


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