Waiting for PostgreSQL 14 – Rename wal_keep_segments to wal_keep_size.

On 20th of July 2020, Fujii Masao committed patch:

Rename wal_keep_segments to wal_keep_size.
 
max_slot_wal_keep_size that was added in v13 and wal_keep_segments are
the GUC parameters to specify how much WAL files to retain for
the standby servers. While max_slot_wal_keep_size accepts the number of
bytes of WAL files, wal_keep_segments accepts the number of WAL files.
This difference of setting units between those similar parameters could
be confusing to users.
 
To alleviate this situation, this commit renames wal_keep_segments to
wal_keep_size, and make users specify the WAL size in it instead of
the number of WAL files.
 
There was also the idea to rename max_slot_wal_keep_size to
max_slot_wal_keep_segments, in the discussion. But we have been moving
away from measuring in segments, for example, checkpoint_segments was
replaced by max_wal_size. So we concluded to rename wal_keep_segments
to wal_keep_size.
 
Back-patch to v13 where max_slot_wal_keep_size was added.
 
Author: Fujii Masao
Reviewed-by: Álvaro Herrera, Kyotaro Horiguchi, David Steele
Discussion: https://postgr.es/m/574b4ea3-e0f9-b175-ead2-ebea7faea855@oss.nttdata.com

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Waiting for PostgreSQL 10 – Logical replication

On 20th of January, Peter Eisentraut committed patch:

Logical replication
 
- Add PUBLICATION catalogs and DDL
- Add SUBSCRIPTION catalog and DDL
- Define logical replication protocol and output plugin
- Add logical replication workers
 
From: Petr Jelinek
Reviewed-by: Steve Singer
Reviewed-by: Andres Freund
Reviewed-by: Erik Rijkers
Reviewed-by: Peter Eisentraut

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Major-version upgrading with minimal downtime

There is this idea that from 9.5 we will be able to upgrade pg clusters to newer, major, version, without downtime (well, almost), thanks to magic of logical replication.

Sounds very promising, so I figured – I'll test it. To some extent at least.

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Concurrent REINDEX of all indexes in database

Recent release of new versions of PostgreSQL suggests that you do reindex of all indexes. But this will take a while, and since we don't actually have ‘REINDEX CONCURRENTLY' command – it's a bit tricky.

So, since I will be doing this on several databases, decided to write a script that will handle the work for me.

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Waiting for 9.0 – pg_upgrade

On May, 12ve, Bruce Momjian committed new contrib module for 9.0 – pg_upgrage.

As I understand – this is what was available before as pg-migrator.

If you're not familiar with it – it's a tool that allows upgrade of $PGDATA from some version to some version. What's the use case? Let's assume you have this 200GB database working as 8.3, and you'd like to go to 8.4 (or 9.0). Normal way is pg_dump + pg_restore – which will take some time. With pg-migrate/pg_upgrade it should be faster, and easier. So, let's play with it.

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