On Wed, 01 Jun 2005 12:19:40 -0400, Tom Lane wrote
> "Keith Worthington" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > I have been reading about increasing PostgreSQL performance
> > by relocating the pg_xlog to a disk other than the one
> > where the database resides.  I have the following pg_xlogs
> > on my system.
> >
> > /raid02/databases/pg_xlog
> > /raid02/rhdb_databases/pg_xlog
> > /raid02/databases-8.0.0/pg_xlog
> > /var/lib/pgsql/data/pg_xlog
> >
> > I have no idea why the forth entry is there.  It is in the PostgreSQL
> > installation directory.
> It's there because the RPM sets up a database under /var/lib/pgsql/data.
> > 1) stop the postmaster
> > 2) rm -rf /var/lib/pgsql/data/pg_xlog
> > 3) mv /raid02/databases/pg_xlog /var/lib/pgsql/data/pg_xlog
> > 4) ln -s /var/lib/pgsql/data/pg_xlog /raid02/databases/pg_xlog
> > 5) start postmaster
> Put the xlog anywhere BUT there!!!!!!!!!
> > If I can do that and place the pg_xlog in the installation
> > directory will I create any installation issues the next
> > time I upgrade PostgreSQL?
> Oh, the installation will be just fine ... but your database will not
> be after the upgrade wipes out your WAL.  Put the xlog under some
> non-system-defined directory.
>                       regards, tom lane
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Thanks Tom.  I am glad I asked before I leaped. 8-0

Is there a convention that most people follow.  It would seem that anywhere in
the installation directory is a bad idea.  From what I have read on other
threads it does not want to be in the database directory since in most cases
that would put it on the same disk as the database.

I am assuming due to lack of reaction that the symbolic link is not an issue.
 Is there a cleaner or more appropriate way of moving the pg_xlog.

Finally, am I correct in assuming that as long as the postmaster is shut down
moving the log is safe?

Kind Regards,

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