I work with PostgreSQL in the command line interface. I would like to activate a \timing command permanently for every database in the cluster so every time I connect to a database - this parameter is on. I searched in postgresql.conf file, but I haven't found anything like what I want to switch on.

My PostgreSQL is 9.5.4 on x86_64 Ubuntu 16.04.2.

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\timing is specific to the client psql, not to the database server. You need to put that into the configuration file for psql which is ~/.psqlrc

See the manual for details: https://www.postgresql.org/docs/current/static/app-psql.html#AEN100589

psql attempts to read and execute commands from the system-wide startup file (psqlrc) and then the user's personal startup file (~/.psqlrc), after connecting to the database but before accepting normal commands

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    It worked. I created a file: touch ~/.psqlrc and added '\timing' string there.
    – Yaroslav
    Nov 22, 2016 at 12:53
  • To enable timing for all your psql sessions, run this in your shell (note the double backslash): echo '\\timing on' >> ~/.psqlrc Apr 25 at 20:02

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