Utilising caching contrib's pg_prewarm and pg_hibernator in PostgreSQL 9.4.
Published on Thu, Jun 5, 2014

Numerous DBA’s (counting me), put questions all the time to PostgreSQL hackers/developers/architects on mailing list: Q1. Does PG has the ability to cache/warm a relation ? Q2. Is it possible to return to prior state of cache where it was left before shutting down the database server because of maintenance ? In earlier releases of PostgreSQL, there in no chance of warming a relation or storing a cache states, but from PostgreSQL 9. Continue reading →

Few areas of improvements in PostgreSQL 9.4
Published on Mon, May 19, 2014

With the beta release of PostgreSQL 9.4, DBA’s have been given some cool features like pg_prewarm, JSONB, ALTER SYSTEM, Replication Slots and many more. Out of numerous architectural level features presented in this version, likewise there are other few minor enhancements those I have attempted to cover in this blog. pg_stat_activity view included two new columns (backend_xid/backend_min) to track the transaction id information. pg_stat_activity.backend_xid column covers the id of top-level transaction currently begin executed and pg_stat_activity. Continue reading →

"WARNING: Mismatch found between sl_table and pg_class." in Slony-I
Published on Tue, Apr 29, 2014

WARNING: Mismatch found between sl_table and pg_class. Slonik command REPAIR CONFIG may be useful to rectify this. 2014-04-26 07:32:54 PDT FATAL slon_node_health_check() returned false - fatal health problem! REPAIR CONFIG may be helpful to rectify this problem You see this WARNING message in logs and immediate stop of replication, if Slony has observed a mismatch of pg_class.oid and sl_table.tabreloid of a replicating table in a node. Because, by architecture slony holds all replicating objects OID information in its catalogs captured at configure time from pg_class. Continue reading →

Faster statistics update after upgrade using "vacuumdb --analyze-in-stages" in PostgreSQL 9.4
Published on Tue, Apr 22, 2014

As all of you know after upgrading the database server from one version to other major version, ANALYZE command should be executed to update the pg_catalogs on newly populated data. On a huge upgraded database, its a challenge for the application to gain its performance back without updating the statistics. In PostgreSQL 9.4, an option “vacuumdb –analyze-in-stages” will make this work faster to produce usable statistics required by the optimizer. It runs in three stages with different configuration settings(default_statistics_target/vacuum_cost_delay) to analyze the database. Continue reading →

While performing PITR, would it be possible to Pause/Resume in PostgreSQL ?
Published on Sun, Apr 6, 2014

Yes, truly possible and handled smartly by PostgreSQL. To demo this, first I need to take after the standard technique of Point in Time Recovery in PostgreSQL. Various Books/Articles/Blogs demoed extremely well by extraordinary authors, hence am not going into details of how to do it, however, heading off directly to the subject i.e., how to pause while recovering with same technique. Arguably, I put forth a mathematical expression out of PITR as “PITR = (Last Filesystem Backup(LFB) + WAL Archives generated after LFB + Un-Archived WAL’s in current $PGDATA/pg_xlogs)“. Continue reading →