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Busy table is not getting vacuumed

We're using Postgres 9.2 on Windows to store low-frequency timeseries data: we're inserting around 2000 rows per second every second 24 hours, 7 days a week with no downtime. There is a DELETE that ...
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PostgreSQL failover and replication

I'm evaluating PostgreSQL 9.1 and have few questions related to failover and replication details. I have few test scenarios. First one with a Master server and few Slaves. In case Master crashes I ...
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Disk file effects of delete and vacuum

I have a very frequently updated table with 240 million rows (and growing). Every three hours 1.5 million rows are inserted and 1.5 million are deleted. When I moved the cluster to a SSD this bulk ...
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Find “n” consecutive free numbers from table

I have some table with numbers like this (status is either FREE or ASSIGNED) id_set number status ----------------------- 1 000001 ASSIGNED 1 000002 FREE 1 000003 ...
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For absolute performance, is SUM faster or COUNT?

This relates to counting the number of records that match a certain condition, e.g. invoice amount > $100. I tend to prefer COUNT(CASE WHEN invoice_amount > 100 THEN 1 END) However, this is ...
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What is retrieved from disk during a query?

Fairly simple question, probably answered somewhere, but I can't seem to form the right search question for Google... Do the number of columns in a particular table affect the performance of a query, ...
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tuning postgresql for large amounts of ram

I have two identical servers (in terms of hardware), they are both standard installations of windows server 2008 r2, with minimal software installed (basically my code and required stuff like jvm ...
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List the database privileges using psql

I'm in the middle of a database server migration and I can't figure (after googling and searching here) how can I list the database privileges (or all the privileges across the server) on PostgreSQL ...
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PostgreSQL Index Caching

I'm having difficulty finding 'lay' explanations of how indexes are cached in PostgreSQL, so I'd like a reality check on any or all of these assumptions: PostgreSQL indexes, like rows, live on disk ...
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How to check if a subquery has exactly one distinct result and a specified value concisely?

I found myself writing the following: select 'yes' where exists(select * from foo where val=1) and not exists(select * from foo where val<>1); and wondering if there is a more concise way ...
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Email address unique or primary key?

I am a newbie in databases. I read around and found out that it's probably not a great idea to use email address as primary key because string comparisons are slower which effects performance in ...
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Scalability limitations of PostgreSQL and MySQL

I've heard that performance of non-sharded relational database such as MySQL or PostgreSQL "breaks" beyond 10 TB. I suspect that limits as such do exist as one would not come up with Netezza, ...
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Optimizing bulk update performance in PostgreSQL

Using PG 9.1 on Ubuntu 12.04. It currently takes up to 24h for us to run a large set of UPDATE statements on a database, which are of the form: UPDATE table SET field1 = constant1, field2 = ...
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How to get the timestamp column in only milliseconds from PostgreSQL?

I have a column "created" with type timestamp without time zone default now() in a PostgreSQL database. If I select colums, it has a nice and readable format per default: SELECT created FROM ...
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Permission denied in Postgres

I added the user myuserto Postgres. Then I added the database mydatabase in the pgAdmin III GUI and restored from a backup file. So the owner of mydatabase is the superuser postgres. Then I tried to ...
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How to get a working and complete PostgreSQL DB backup and test

I was hoping I could get a clear answer on how to ensure taking a full Postgres backup just like you would get with MS SQL Server, and then take care of orphaned users. From what I've read, and it ...
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Where does the magic column “name” come from?

I got this by accident: db=> select name from site; ERROR: column "name" does not exist LINE 1: select name from site; ^ db=> select site.name from site; name ...
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upgrading from postgres 9.1 to 9.3 on ubuntu server

I have my production server(ubuntu 13.10) running with postgresql 9.1. I want to use few features of 9.3, hence want to upgrade. Could someone help me with upgrading from 9.1 to 9.3 so that there is ...
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Pros and Cons of Checking if value exist for unique column or let db raise unique error on inserting

While writing a query other day a thought came to me and have stuck in my mind. What is preferable, first checking if a value for a unique column exists and then inserting or insert and let db raise ...
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How to solve UTF8 invalid byte sequence copy errors on a restore, when the source database is encoded in UTF8?

I was given the task to migrate a PostgreSQL 8.2.x database to another server. To do this I'm using the pgAdmin 1.12.2 (on Ubuntu 11.04 by the way) and using the Backup and Restore using the ...
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Is REINDEX dangerous?

I've been trying to COUNT(*) a table with 150,000 rows that has a Primary key. It tool about 5 minutes, so I figured out this is an indexing problem. Citing the PostgreSQL manual: REINDEX is ...
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How do I reset the postgres password for PostgreSQL on Windows?

I have installed PostgreSQL on my Windows machine for development. Now I haven't used it for a while, and have forgotten the password for user postgres (default admin user in PostgreSQL). How can I ...
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BLOBs or references in PostgreSQL

I need to store binary data files in a PostgreSQL database which runs on an Ubuntu server. Initially there will be a few dozen files of approximately 250kb in size each. However, the number of files ...
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High Availability for postgresql

I'm new in PostgreSQL database. Recently our developer needed to do some upgrades in our systems. Because of that we are planning to implement some method in order to implement database failover. ...
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Why are the plans different if the queries are logically alike?

I wrote two functions to answer Day 3's first homework question from Seven Databases in Seven Weeks. Create a stored procedure where you can input a movie title or actor's name you like, and it ...
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Efficient query to get greatest value per group from big table

Given the table: Column | Type id | integer latitude | numeric(9,6) longitude | numeric(9,6) ...
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PostgreSQL EXCLUDE USING error: Data type integer has no default operator class

In PostgreSQL 9.2.3 I am trying to create this simplified table: CREATE TABLE test ( user_id INTEGER, startend TSTZRANGE, EXCLUDE USING gist (user_id WITH =, startend WITH &&) ); ...
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PostgreSQL pg_stat_activity shows COMMIT

We recently replaced our database server with an upgraded machine with 4 x quad core CPUs and 32Gb of ram. We also repurposed our old box to serve as a slave with streaming replication. Both boxes are ...
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View Postgresql Memory Usage

I'm running Postgresql on a Ubuntu server and need to be able to monitor its memory usage. Currently I have scripts running in a one-minute cron job that monitor/log various statistics and need to ...
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Load balancer versus connection pooling — is there a difference?

I am working on a project that is expected to serve millions of users shortly after launch. The database is postgres, and for now I am assuming at least two servers will be needed. A sys admin (who is ...
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Biological Sequences of UniProt in PostgreSQL

What is the best way to store UniProt biological sequences in PostreSQL? Data Details We pull in 12 million sequences from UniProt - this number is likely to double every 3-10 month. The length of ...
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Database archive solutions

In continuation to a question posted by me on Is it a good idea to move high-volume and highly-accessed tables to a separate database?, am looking out for different techniques/solutions available for ...
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PostgreSQL: permission denied for relation

I'm a bit confused about setting permissions in PostgreSQL. I have these roles: List of roles Role name | Attributes | Member of ...
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Can PostgreSQL create a case sensitive database?

I'm porting some code from some version of Sybase to PostgreSQL. This is a C application that uses the Sybase client library. My approach is to write a translation layer that translates calls to ...
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PostgreSQL for high volume transactions and for Data warehousing

Am quite new to PostgreSQL, I have never done a large deployment using it before. But, I have good experience in enterprise solutions and I want to try and apply some of what I learned using ...
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How do I stop/disable PITR and safely clean WAL segments?

Our production server is running PostgreSQL v8.2.3 on CentOS release 5.2 (Final). We've setup PITR in our production server. For some reasons, after setting up PITR, we're not able to manage and ...
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How do data checksums interact with streaming replication?

Data checksums are a new feature introduced in 9.3, and: there is a new GUC parameter "ignore_checksum_failure" which will force PostgreSQL to continue processing a transaction even if corruption ...
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Storing and querying rolling data in PostgreSQL

I have a large quantity of weather model data being put into a PostgreSQL database. The machine has 8 cores and 16 GB of RAM. I'm running PostgreSQL 9.3 with PostGIS 2.1. Each table will have a ...
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How do I insert a row which contains a foreign key?

Using PostgreSQL v9.1. I have the following tables: CREATE TABLE foo ( id BIGSERIAL NOT NULL UNIQUE PRIMARY KEY, type VARCHAR(60) NOT NULL UNIQUE ); CREATE TABLE bar ( id BIGSERIAL ...
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Are there any professional fulltime PostgreSQL DBA's?

For my job I work on a JavaEE application with PostgreSQL as the database. Although we have a sysadmin for our productions servers, who also manages our database servers, we have no full-time DBA ...
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Is PostgreSQL replication production ready?

How does PostgreSQL native replication compare to MySQL? I know asynchronous replication has been supported for longer than sync, which is recent. Is synchronous reliable to be used in real projects? ...
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Why did Postgres UPDATE take 39 hours?

I have a Postgres table with ~2.1 million rows. I ran the below update on it: WITH stops AS ( SELECT id, rank() OVER (ORDER BY offense_timestamp, defendant_dl, ...
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PgAdmin III - How to connect to database when password is empty?

I have installed PostgreSQL 9.1 on my PC (Win 7). I have a small Java application connecting successfully to it with login=sa and password="". The connection works. However, it is refused from ...
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Should I invest the time to change the column type from CHAR(36) to UUID?

I have a few million rows in my database already. I didn't know about the PostgreSQL UUID data type when I designed my schema. One of the tables has 16M rows (about 3.5M to 4 M records per shard), ...
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Unexpected Seq Scan when doing query against boolean with value NULL

I have a database column called auto_review where column type is boolean. There is an index for that field, created using the ActiveRecord ORM. CREATE INDEX index_table_on_auto_renew ON table USING ...
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Database for building a realtime analytics system

I want to build a system similar to Google Analytics (only used for internal use, less traffic and less feature), and mainly focus on Real time counting of unique URI visit/PV by different ...
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SQL injection in Postgres functions vs prepared queries

In Postgres, are prepared queries and user defined functions equivalent as a mechanism for guarding against SQL injection? Are there particular advantages in one approach over the other?
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Starting PostgreSQL server after a HDD crash results in FAILED STATE

I am using Fedora 15 with PostgreSQL 9.1.4. Fedora crashed recently after which: An attempt to start the PostgreSQL server : service postgresql-9.1 start gives Starting postgresql-9.1 (via ...
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Concept of Schema in PostgreSQL

I am not able to understand concept and usage of schema in PostgreSQL. I have no idea how it can affect my database design. Why should I use it? Can it affect me in future if I decide to not think ...
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PostgreSQL: Creation date of a table

I've recently finished a project, during which many DB tables were created. Most of these tables contain temporary garbage, and I am looking for a simple way to list all these tables. Is there a ...