I would like to get statistics about the peak number of connections over a period of time.

I know the pg_stat_activity view, like select count(*) from pg_stat_activity, but I think this method is not very smart.

Are there other views or tables that can provide the information I need?

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This SQL will help you

select max_conn,used,res_for_super,max_conn-used-res_for_super res_for_normal 
  (select count(*) used from pg_stat_activity) t1,
  (select setting::int res_for_super from pg_settings where name=$$superuser_reserved_connections$$) t2,
  (select setting::int max_conn from pg_settings where name=$$max_connections$$) t3


max_conn | used | res_for_super | res_for_normal 
  100    |    2 |             3 |             95
(1 row)

You can put this in shell:

for (( c=1; c<=3600; c++ ))
     gsql -U pgdba -W pgdba -p 6432 -c "sql" >> /home/pgdba/res_data.log
     sleep 1  # once per second

or you can record the results into a table, then execute

postgres=# copy restbl to '/home/pgdba/res.csv' csv header;

to get result csv file.

  • what is res_for_super and res_for_normal means ?
    – DBA100
    Dec 2, 2021 at 8:44
  • @DBA100, based on my tests, res_for_super means how many connections remain for superuser (postgres and others) and res_for_normal same but for regular users. Dec 15, 2021 at 17:56

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