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I exported a postgres db from pgAdmin in a plain format because I wanted to search the whole db text. I then tried to restore the database back but it gives an error saying that the archive file is not valid archive file. How do I restore the db back if it can be restored?

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run:

psql -U your_user_name your_db_name < your_dump_file
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I am on windows 7. Can I do this on windows 7? –  yankitwizzy Feb 21 '12 at 11:09
    
it should, if psql frontend is included in the postgresql package. Try to fire up a terminal, then cd to postgresql bin directory and try to run psql –  guido Feb 21 '12 at 11:13
    
I tried it now. It didnt work. There is psql.bat file in the postgres bin directory. I am using postgres 8.3 –  yankitwizzy Feb 21 '12 at 11:17
    
what do you mean with 'it didnt work'? if there is psql.bat however, try with that, it should run psql. look here for help archives.postgresql.org/pgsql-admin/2006-12/msg00091.php –  guido Feb 21 '12 at 11:22
    
Sorry I meant there is no psql.bat file in the bin directory –  yankitwizzy Feb 21 '12 at 11:27

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