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I use the following archive_command archive wal files ,suppose I have touched the file archive_active already.and I want to konw when will PostgreSQL execute archive_command to archive wal files?

I know we can use function pg_switch_xlog() to archive wal , will anybody can list all the trigger conditions? PostgreSQL version: 9.3.0.


archive_command = 'test ! -f /archive/pg93/archive_active || cp %p /archive/pg93/%f'
wal_level = hot_standby
archive_mode = on

--archive directory

[pg93@redhatB pg93]$ pwd

[pg93@redhatB pg93]$ ll
total 32M
-rw-------. 1 pg93 pg93 16M Oct 16 11:05 00000001000000000000007A
-rw-------. 1 pg93 pg93 16M Oct 16 11:07 00000001000000000000007B
-rw-rw-r--. 1 pg93 pg93   0 Oct 16 11:05 archive_active
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What are the values for wal_level and archive_mod? – Milen A. Radev Oct 16 '13 at 8:17
@MilenA.Radev, I edited the question, and add the wal_level and archive_mod . – francs Oct 16 '13 at 8:24

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The archive command is executed every time it switches the archive log to a new one. Which as you say can be triggered manually by calling the pg_switch_xlog() function.

Other than that, an archive log needs to be changed to a new one when it is full, which by default is when it reaches 16MB, but can be changed at compile time.

You can also specify a timeout value using the parameter archive_timeout which will execute the command after the set amount of seconds, which is useful for databases that have low activity.

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Thank you very much , you are right. – francs Oct 17 '13 at 1:17
pedantically, archive_timeout will only trigger archive_command if required (aka there was database activity) – Neil McGuigan Jun 27 at 0:05

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