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Why might my Postgres table be growing?

I've got a table that grows under Postgres 9.1. It's a high-throughput table with lots of inserts and deletes, but it should generally remain between 1-2k in terms of number or records. Auto-vacuum is ...
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PostgreSQL custom domain with trigger

Is it possible to create custom domain / data type and associate some trigger with it, for example hash password? I will have for example password domain and if I set some value to this column, it ...
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Distinguish between schema and database

I had the error cross-database references are not implemented: scan.location.alias with this PL/pgSQL code: DECLARE v_tmp_host scan.location.alias%TYPE; v_ip_address character varying; BEGIN ...
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Moving postgresql data to different drive

I am using AWS as my cloud environment. I installed PostgreSQL on the same drive as my root instance volume. I have attached and mounted the second drive to my instance. Now I want to move all my ...
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Do isolation levels only apply to SELECTS and not UPDATES? [closed]

Scenario that might demonstrate different behavior for SELECTS depending on the isolation level: 1) 0:00 Thread A runs a query that returns 1000 rows that takes 5 minutes to complete 2) 0:02 Thread B ...
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Pg install: “The database cluster initialisation failed”

(Note: This question has been compeltely rewritten from its original form, so it reflects the actual problem and will help others find a solution to the same issue). I still haven't been able to ...
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What happens to the index of a primary key after a DROP CONSTRAINT?

I am running PostgreSQL 9.1.4. I have a table with many existing rows, and a bunch of other tables with foreign keys pointing to it, for which I am trying to : 1 - Remove the pkey constraint on the ...
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Getting SQLSTATE in psql error messages

I have the following problem. SELECT * FROM tgvbn(); ERROR: function tgvbn() does not exist LINE 1: SELECT * FROM tgvbn(); ^ HINT: No function matches the given name and ...
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What are my options for GUI based Administration & Management of PostgreSQL

I have been given the task of working with PostgreSQL 9.1. I have previously worked with Microsoft SQL, and had used the SQL Management Studio. I had used Oracle's SQL developer as well as TOAD when I ...
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Ubuntu: upgrading postgresql 8.4 database cluster for use with 9.2 server

I have installed PG 9.2 on my machine. I have a database cluster that was created about a year ago, using initdb, using postgreSQL version 8.4. The (8.4) data cluster consumes several Gb and so its ...
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Postgresql 9 speeding up indexed inserts (JPA)

I have an application which generates a lot of data which needs to be inserted quickly (something around 13million records). I use JPA 2.0/Hibernate with Postgres 9.1, and I managed to achieve quite a ...
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Archive database on Postgres

I have a table with more than 60mio records, where every month I have to add about 2-4 milions. It's not insert only table, I need to read from it and update recently added rows (status changes, ...
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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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Long disk queue when no traffic

I got dedicated disk (RAID 10 - 4 SAS disks) for Postgres. I am bit worried as recently, I see under Windows Resource Manager disk queues like 3+ in the mornings (low traffic hours), like every 30-60 ...
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How does postgres use the schema search path when making indexes?

Using Postgres 9.1.4 with PostGIS 1.5, as part of a Rails 3.2.x app. I have a DB containing schemas A and B, with schema A empty and schema B containing tables foo and bar, with indexes on each table ...
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How to Restore Postgresql Cluster from data directory

in our office we have a development database server that runs Debian 5, on this server we had a postgresql 8.1 running but because of the lack of internet access from the server we backed up with ...
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Manually increase PostgreSQL's table size limit of 32 TB?

I need a free database software and thought of PostgreSQL. But then I read it has a table size limit of 32 terabytes, but I need more (and don't want to spend thousand/millions on high end database ...
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pgAgent installation with Stack Builder in PostgreSQL [closed]

I have installed PostgreSQL 9.1 on ubuntu 12.04 64-bit. I try to run Aplication Stack Builder and install pgAgent. At first I am asked for root password, which I provide, after I choose PostgreSQL ...
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Looking for a possible multi-column index

I have a table highscore containing the columns: game (text) date (timestamp) score (integer) more irrelevant ones... The query most often run on it is: SELECT * FROM highscore WHERE game = ...
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Upgrade production database during software development lifecycle

Background Using Oracle, there are a number of tools that help with migrating and applying development changes into the production environment (such as Embarcadero Change Manager). These tools can be ...
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migrate SQL Server geography data to PostGIS geometry data

I'm trying to use SSIS to transfer point data from a Geography column in SQL Server 2008 R2 to a geometry column in a Greenplum (Postgres 8.2.15) database with PostGIS. I know there's a way to do the ...
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Postgresql - Internal Array handling - array type or pointer type

I have a question, about the internal handling of array columns in Postgres. Does the engine handle it as a classical array with memory alloc or is it somehow a pointer list. It would be interesting ...
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Many-to-one Subselection in single query

I have two tables with a foreign key from T1->T2, in a one-to-many relationship. That is, 1 tuple in table T1 is associated with 0..N tuples in T2. To create a simple example, lets say T1 is Cars, ...
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Postgres not vacuuming 1 table

I have created a table where I store serialized Java objects. They are frequently accessed and costly to create, so that is the reason. Solution works fine to me, however table size grows to 25GB ...
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Multiple PostgreSQL running as primary server on pgpool

I'm facing a problem with my pgpool setup. Currently, this is my requirement based on the pgpool documentation here : Server A : Install with PostgreSQL database. Run as primary server Server B : ...
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What's included in the default OSX 10.8 install of Postgres?

I've seen several sites claim that Postgres is installed by default for OSX 10.7 and above and I see there's a psql command in /usr/bin/, but there doesn't seem to be a pg_ctl anywhere. So is the ...
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Violates foreign key constraint

I'm trying to implement the below represented UML and I can't figure out where is my mistake since I have already place a value into the table. -- Schema: public DROP SCHEMA IF EXISTS public ...
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Select consecutive number of rows starting from some number

What I need is to select 100 consecutive rows from a table, starting at some defined point without ordering data. As far as I can observe, inserted data to a table is stored in no order but is ...
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Heroku PostgresApp - Fails to start with edited postgresql.conf

I am trying to tune my local pg running from the Heroku Postgress App. I am seeing strange errors in the OSX console whenever I change some of the internal settings: PM Postgres[78709]: Could not ...
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Postgresql after 'for each row' triggers don't actually execute after each row?

If I have a single sql statement that inserts or updates lots of rows and a db trigger that runs after each row is inserted or updated, it seems like the triggers run after all the rows are inserted ...
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Number of virtual tables that specified user is able to write queries in PostgreSQL

I have one question about PostgreSQL that I can't understand. As it seems so far, it needs some of bruteforce in tables. Well, I did that lots of time and I found nothing. So, firstly I will cover my ...
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I just upgraded PostgreSQL with yum on Amazon Linux, now PostgreSQL won't start. What do I do?

I just ran yum update on my Amazon Linux instance as part of an upgrade to 2012.09 and it upgraded PostgreSQL from 9.1 to 9.2. Now PostgreSQL won't start. What do I do? (This is a very incomplete ...
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Copy Postgres databases with indexes between instances

How do you copy a single Postgres database between installations without using pg_dump and without regenerating indexes? We have an application we deploy which uses Postgres 8.4.7 database in Linux. ...
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Tricky selection of grouped rows, selecting based on values of two distinct but related rows

Say I have a table with the following information (sorted here for display purposes) taskid | reference | centreid | date_out --------------------------------------------------- 10001 | ...
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PostgreSQL equivalent of SQL Server SQL_VARIANT_PROPERTY

Does PostgreSQL have an equivalent function for determining column metadata? Reference: SQL_VARIANT_PROPERTY pg_typeof() appears to be close, but it does not show the precision and scale. Looking up ...
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Postgres Plus Cloud Database on AWS for write heavy social game?

I'm one of four founders of a big social gaming iPhone app in Sweden. We now suffer from severe database server issues so I'm turning to you guys to get some help. First of all, let me get this out ...
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SQL ANSI JOIN precedence

I have a query that looks like this: SELECT * FROM TBLA A LEFT JOIN TBLB B ON A.Col1 = B.Col2 RIGHT JOIN TBLC C ON B.Col3 = C.Col4 JOIN TBLD D ON C.Col5 = D.Col6 In which order ...
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PostgreSQL pg_bulkload query eats all free disk space

I have a simple task: bulk insert csv file to the table. The .ctl file is TYPE = CSV # Input file type ESCAPE = \ # Escape character for Quoting ...
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“Zero” downtime and minimal space requirements for upgrade to PostgreSQL 9.2

Need to migrate from PostgreSQL 8.3.x to 9.2 Constraint 1: 8.4 and above have made datetime format to be integer by default. Wasn't so in 8.3.x. As a result pg_upgrade can't be used. Unless server is ...
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What AWS instance to choose for write-heavy PostgreSQL database server

We are now having problems trouble to tackle the intensive traffic to our servers during peak hours; see this related question on tuning the DB. At the moment we are using a smaller cloud service for ...
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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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Continuous archiving: is it possible to use multiple machines?

Is it possible to use the archive_command to send to multiple machines? Is it just as simple as separating with a && since it is essentially just a command line? command1 && command2 ...
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How to check if databases are consistent in pgsql replication?

There is some tool for mysql (from percona I think) which could compare databases by making md5 sums of tables data. We used it in our mysql replication system to check if data is correctly ...
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PostgreSQL 9.1 - Asynchroneous commits performance boost

During peak hours our users experience a lot of timeouts due to an overloaded database server. We are currently trying to make optimizations in order to cope with the high traffic. We read in the ...
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PostgreSQL 9.2.1 out of memory on \COPY [closed]

I'm running a postgreSQL 9.2.1 installation in a FreeBSD 9.0 Jail with default settings. I've configured loader.conf according to this post: ...
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Efficiently comparing prices in different currencies

I want to make it possible for user to search products within a price range. User should be able to use any currency (USD, EUR, GBP, JPY, ...), no matter what currency is set by the product. So, the ...
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Slave as a master in PostgreSQL [closed]

I have set up a hot standby in PostgreSQL 9.0 on Windows. I want that, at the time of fail-over, the slave should take over the role of master and start performing operations (both read and write) ...
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Can't start postgres server, SHMMAX too small

When I try to start the postgres server with sudo /etc/init.d/postgresql start I get this error: Starting PostgreSQL 8.4 database server: mainThe PostgreSQL server failed to start. Please check ...
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Postgres requires commit or rollback after exception

Just trying to understand the thinking here... This bug explains that with other databases, you are allowed to run additional commands after a SQLException occurs. It was written in 2001 but has ...
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Do I risk losing the benefits of indexing if I have an index on every column?

I use PostgreSQL 9.2. I have a table with ~5 million rows and 150 columns. The table does not change at all (I replace it once a year). Users query this table with all kinds of filters on any some of ...