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Backups Restores and PITR nowdays

Its been almost a year since 9.4 was released, it included many nice features, but the one that changed my day to day administration was replication slots.

In OmniTI , we use something called OmniPITR a lot, OmniPITR could be called a wal management suite, it can be used to wal ship, to replay wals to clean up wals when they are not needed and it can be used for backups. Usually the way I use it is to first set up streaming replication to a replica, and on top of streaming replication setup wal shipping replication, the reason is simple, i want to have all the wals around in case i lose the slave and i didn't really like the wal_keep_segments approach.

Backups are usually being taken from a slave in order to reduce load from the master.

Briefly, OmniPITR does this by sending a pg_start/stop_backup to the master, puts a pause removal file on the slave so wals are kept and makes 2 tar.gz files for the base backup and the wals.

Usually i have a backup server keeping all the wal files a…

PostgreSQL 9.4 streaming replication over SSL with Replication Slots

I never really liked the concept of keeping wal files in case the replica goes down proactively, setting wal_keep_segments was always a tricky number and most of the time we ended up setting this for the worst case scenario, something that means space consumption for no (under normal circumstances) good reason.
That’s why i really like replication slots.

Replication slots are, and i am quoting Robert Haas :

"a crash-safe data structure which can be created on either a master or a standby to prevent premature removal of write-ahead log segments needed by a standby, as well as (with hot_standby_feedback=on) pruning of tuples whose removal would cause replication conflicts. Slots have some advantages over existing techniques, as explained in the documentation."

While there are a lot of posts about how to setup replication slots, and to be honest its pretty easy, in this post i will combine this with replication over SSL and i will also show a useful trick for pg_basebackup (props …

Keeping snapshots of shared buffers and prewarming accordingly.

One major problem that i face during a failover is that contents of shared buffers on the slave are invalid or irrelevant. pg_prewarm that came with 9.4 is a good solution but usually you would use it by prewarming a table, or you could manually get the pages from pg_buffercache and prewarm the pages you had on the master prior to the failover, not everyone can do this especially during a failover, i reckon only a few can, so i wrote an extension called 'pgcozy' (comments about the name should be directed to @DenishPatel hehe).
This extension basically utilizes 2 well known extensions, pg_buffercache and pg_prewarm.
pg_buffercache has helped me so many times in the past that i couldn't even count, it shows the contents (pages) of the shared buffers and their popularity.
pg_prewarm is a new (9.4) extension that can be used on the block or relation level. In our case we will use it in the block level and we will put these 2 extensions to work.

pgcozy, stores on demand (or sched…