Take the 2-minute tour ×
Database Administrators Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for database professionals who wish to improve their database skills and learn from others in the community. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have a server with PostgreSQL9.1-903 (Windows 7 Professional). After a power cut my database is inaccessible (I presume that the database is corrupted).

The postgreSQL service starts but the following message is displayed when I try to connect via pg_Admin:

FATAL: catalog is missing 1 attribute(s) for relid 2662

I have tried to disable the option: 'ignore_system_index' but the database is still inaccessible. I guess that is not a problem with the indexes, but with the fact that some rows of the table pg_attribute have disappeared.

I am interested in recovering the data because my last backup is a bit old. Is there any way to just connect to the database? After that I would use the tool pg_dump to retrieve the data and mount it in a new database.


The parameter fsync is commented in the postgresql.conf (I assume that the default value is on). Following, I attach the part of the postgresql.conf which has been tuned:

checkpoint_segments = 32    # in logfile segments, min 1, 16MB each

shared_buffers = 1GB        # min 128kB

work_mem = 8MB

maintenance_work_mem = 256MB


default_statistics_target = 200

autovacuum_vacuum_cost_delay = 50ms 
share|improve this question
Were you running with fsync=off by any chance? Please post any modified postgresql.conf options. Also, before you do ANYTHING more, make a complete copy of the database directory (including base, pg_xlog, and all other folders and files) after stopping the database server. –  Craig Ringer Nov 21 '13 at 2:14
Thanks for your reply. Updated the question. –  Oscar Nov 21 '13 at 10:19
add comment

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.