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Forgotten PostgreSQL Windows password

This morning I’ve been trying to connect the PostgreSQL database on my Windows 7 Professional desktop. The default value is ‘postgres’, but sure enough I forgot what password I used when I originally ...
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disable constraints before using pg_restore.exe

When I try to execute pg_restore.exe of a dump file from a database, it throws dozens of errors, all the same: ERROR: insert or update on table "someTable" violates foreign key constraint ...
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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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What is the overhead for varchar(n)?

I wanted to ask for the meaning of this fragment from Postgres doc regarding varchar(n) type: The storage requirement for a short string (up to 126 bytes) is 1 byte plus the actual string, which ...
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What is the difference between PostgreSQL 9.0 Replication and Slony-I?

Is there still any use for Slony-I, and if so, what is it? For clarification, from 9.0 Postgresql supports built in streaming replication.
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EC2 - How to correctly back up PostgreSQL data?

Here is the setup: 1 small Amazon Linux (EBS-backed) EC2 instance with 3 additional volumes. This is both a web server and database server. One volume for code, one for the PostgreSQL (8.4) data ...
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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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Fast general method to calculate percentiles

I want to find n>1 percentiles of an unsorted column in PostgreSQL. For example the 20th, 40th, 60th, 80th and 100th percentile. An obvious solution is to count and sort the column and then do a ...
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How to determine the sweet spot between pool size and database connections in PostgreSQL

We are having trouble handling the traffic during peak hours to our database server. We're looking into improving the hardware (see this question about that side of things) but we also want to work on ...
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Determine when a PostgreSQL database was last changed

I'm looking at altering how backups are done and am wondering if there is a way to determine which databases in a postgreql cluster have not been recently changed? Instead of using pg_dumpall, I'd ...
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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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How to wrap long lines when SELECTing SQL text columns?

I'm selecting from a table with long text columns. I'd like to wrap long lines to a maximum line length. From: SELECT * FROM test; test_id | text ...
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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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How do I 'hint' the cardinality of a recursive CTE?

I'm using the following recursive CTE as a minimal example, but in general, the optimizer has to use default 'guessed' cardinalities for recursive CTEs: with recursive w(n) as ( select 1 union all ...
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PostgreSQL 9.1 Hot Backup Error: the database system is starting up

I have been working on a hot backup for Postgres 9.1 for awhile and have run into a consistent issue. After restarting Postgres on the slave server the pgstartup log file and the daily log file under ...
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Disable all constraints and table checks while restoring a dump

I've obtained a dump of my PostgreSQL database with: pg_dump -U user-name -d db-name -f dumpfile which I then proceed to restore in another database with: psql X -U postgres -d db-name-b -f ...
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How to reclaim disk space on PostgreSQL?

I have local installation of 9.1 database with few tables which had cca. 300 mio records and the database grew to about 20 GB. Afterwards I issued delete from command to delete all records from it (I ...
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Is the optimisation fence behaviour of a CTE (WITH query) specified in the SQL:2008 standard? If so, where?

I see frequent references to WITH queries (common table expressions, or CTEs) acting as an optimisation fence, where the server isn't permitted to push filters down into the CTE queries, pull common ...
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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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Can I have one table be an “alias”, or “symlink”, to another?

I have two tables with the same structure, A and B. A certain application is written so that it always writes the same data to both tables. After a discussion with a colleague about the potential to ...
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How can I see a query after rules have been applied?

From docs - 37.3.1.1. "A First Rule Step by Step" CREATE TABLE shoelace_log ( sl_name text, -- shoelace changed sl_avail integer, -- new available value log_who ...
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Huge mismatch between reported index size and number of buffers in execution plan

The issue We have a query like SELECT COUNT(1) FROM article JOIN reservation ON a_id = r_article_id WHERE r_last_modified < now() - '8 weeks'::interval AND r_group_id = 1 AND ...
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Find rows where integer sequence contains a given subsequence

Problem Note: I refer to the mathematical sequences, not the sequences mechanism of PostgreSQL. I have a table representing sequences of integers. The definition are: CREATE TABLE sequences ( id ...
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In Postgres, how to get a list of current defined savepoint?

I'm using postgres SAVEPOINT which create a new savepoint within the current transaction, and would like to display the list of currently defined savepoint in a connection. To be more precise: I'd ...
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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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When are privileges listed in \l and when not?

When are access privileges listed by \l, and when are they not? The access privileges listed by \l can change after a grant and revoke: $ createuser -EP my_readonly $ psql development development=# ...
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Fast hamming distance queries in postgres

I have a large database (16M rows) containing perceptual hashes of images. I'd like to be able to search for rows by hamming distance in a reasonable timeframe. Currently, as far as I properly ...
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Migrate heroku database to Amazon RDS with minimum downtime

I have a heroku postgres database and want to migrate it to Amazon RDS to save cost. What's a way to do so with minimum downtime? Usually this involves replicating database in real time and then ...
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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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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 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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Bulk insert M:N relation in PostgreSQL

I need to import data from an old database to a new one, with slightly different structure. For example, in the old database, there is a table recording employees and their supervisors: CREATE TABLE ...
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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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Modification to GEQO (Genetic Query Optimization) of PostgreSQL

I need to implement a functionality that is in line with the GEQO functionality of PostgreSQL. I understand that GEQO approach is to encode query plans as integer strings and GEQO generates these ...
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How to drop all connections to a specific database without stopping the server?

I want to drop all connections (sessions) that are currently opened to a specific PostgreSQL database but without restarting the server or disconnecting connections to other databases. How can I do ...
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Set a column's default value to the concatenation of two other columns' values?

I have a Postgresql 8.1 database. In one table, there are three columns: first_name, last_name, display_name. Is it possible to set the default value of display_name to be first_name + " " + ...
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Trigram search gets much slower as search string gets longer

In a Postgres 9.1 database, I have a table table1 with ~1.5M rows and a column label (simplified names for the sake of this question). There is a functional trigram-index on lower(unaccent(label)) ...
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How to create a temporary table using VALUES in PostgreSQL

I am learning PostgreSQL and trying to figure out how to create a temporary table or a WITH declaration that can be used in place of regular table, for debugging purposes. I looked at the ...
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How to avoid a cyclic dependency (circular reference) between 3 tables?

I have 3 tables: People Post Likes When I design the ER model it has a cyclic dependency: 1:N People --------< Post 1:N Post ----------< Likes 1:N People ...
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Improve performance of COUNT/GROUP-BY in large PostgresSQL table?

I am running PostgresSQL 9.2 and have a 12 column relation with about 6,700,000 rows. It contains nodes in a 3D space, each one referencing a user (who created it). To query which user has created how ...
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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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PostgreSQL Complete Database Backup

I've been trying to figure out how I can completely backup my PostgreSQL database. I have not seen any resource that explains how to do a complete backup. I am aware of the pg_dump and pg_dumpall ...
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How do I detach all other users from a postgres database?

I need exclusive access to a database. Is it possible using an SQL command to "detach" all other users from a postgres database. Or maybe closing all other connections and then gaining exclusive ...
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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 ...
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ERROR: database “dbname” does not exist

According to the documentation, so long as I'm not connected to a database, I can either delete a database in the console using: DROP DATABASE dbname; Or I can drop it using the wrapper tool ...
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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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PostgreSQL: The database cluster initialization failed

Both C:\PostgreSQL and C:\PostgreSQL\data have postgres user with full access and admin rights. I ran postgresql-9.1.2-1-windows.exe from postgres user as admin. Target C:\PostgreSQL Every way I ...
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Is it reasonable to mark all columns but one as primary key?

I have a table representing movies. The fields are: id (PK), title, genre, runtime, released_in, tags, origin, downloads. My database cannot be polluted by duplicated rows, so I want to enforce ...
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How should I index a UUID in Postgres?

I'm new to PostgreSQL and somewhat new to databases in general. Is there an established way of how we should index UUID values in Postgres? I'm split between using hashing and using a trie, unless ...