This is a good question, and an important one, and don't feel bad about
posting it here - likely we can all learn from this discussion, as it
definitely involves the whole QGIS community.
I have quite a lot of experience backing up databases, especially
PostgreSQL/PostGIS databases. I can tell you that it is for sure
important to run "pg_dump" as a daily backup (in addition to your whole
server image/backup) - that pg_dump has saved me and my clients hundreds
of times, and it is very portable and easy to access (as opposed to your
whole image/machine backup). One very important point (that's I've
learned from experience) when using pg_dump is to *always* use the
custom binary/compressed output format (the "--format=c" commandline
switch for pg_dump). I've had terrible times with the other output
format types, especially when restoring a database from a Windows server
to a Linux server etc (with hardcoded paths inside the backup). I live
by that format, swear by it, from experience, moving so many client
databases from one machine to another.
Another mailing list to keep in mind is the PostGIS mailing list, where
these backup topics also pop up from time to time - and discussions are
more geo-related, so are very helpful, than just the generic PostgreSQL
So, definitely implement an additional backup process using pg_dump (you
can experiment restoring it through the "pg_restore" command), you won't
regret the effort spent.
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On 2016-07-14 11:35 AM, Tyler Veinot wrote:
I am thinking about getting IT to install PostgreSQL on our server and
start moving our GIS Data over to the post database. My concern is
backup; we currently backup the whole server onto, what are called
"tapes" but I am sure they are not cassettes or the like, anyway twice a
day the whole server is copied so we can go back to previous versions of
a file or folder to; roll back, restore, or recover. With this in place
do I need to setup a separate backup or replication service on the
postgre database? Could I just "roll back" using a later server version?
Well.... I guess this is more of a postgre question and not so much a
QGIS one; but I am going to put this out there anyway and if no one can
answer I will find another spot.
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