Followed this guide to do the PostgreSQL replication:


I didn't do this:

psql -c "select pg_start_backup('initial_backup');"
rsync -cva --inplace --exclude=*pg_xlog* /var/lib/postgresql/9.1/main/ slave_IP_address:/var/lib/postgresql/9.1/main/
psql -c "select pg_stop_backup();"

After I configed both master and slave nodes, test to create a table on master, didn't find new data been synced to slave.

From this guide I saw need to add a archive_command config in the recovery.conf file:


archive_command = 'cp %p /var/lib/pgsql/archive/%f'

But PostgreSQL 9.6 maybe not support that feature. So how can it been synced automatically?


It's helpful:



The archive_command setting doesn't fit the recovery.conf but the postgresql.conf file.

The documentation you're following is deprecated.

Please switch to the official documentation.

Here are the steps you need to perform:

  • Primary node settings (postgresql.conf, pg_hba.conf)
  • Primary node backup (pg_basebackup, pgbarman, pgbackrest... Whatever)
  • Restoring on secondary node (manually, pgbarman, pgbackrest... Whatever)
  • Secondary node settings (recovery.conf, postgresql.conf, eventually pg_hba.conf)

The part you didn't do is simply the initial backup/restore. You can't do replication without it.

  • Thank you. How to send the database data to slave on PostgreSQL 9.6? Maybe use archive path, but which is the archive path of 9.6? The sample is rsync -cva --inplace --exclude=*pg_xlog* /var/lib/postgresql/9.1/main/ slave_IP_address:/var/lib/postgresql/9.1/main/, but there is no path like /var/lib/pgsql/9.6/main with 9.6 version. – cloud_cloud Jul 20 '17 at 3:10
  • Maybe run this: pg_basebackup -h master-ip -D ~postgres/9.6/data/ -X stream -P, but run it on slave, then got this error: pg_basebackup: directory "/var/lib/pgsql/9.6/data" exists but is not empty. – cloud_cloud Jul 20 '17 at 3:32
  • I run rsync -cva --inplace --exclude=*pg_xlog* ~postgres/9.6/data/ slave_ip:~postgres/9.6/data/ on master, then change to right info(IP) under data folder on slave, it works! – cloud_cloud Jul 20 '17 at 3:47
  • If you didn't use psql -c "select pg_start_backup('initial_backup');" before your rsync and psql -c "select pg_stop_backup();" after, you're just lucky it works... – Arkhena Jul 20 '17 at 7:07
  • I used that two psql commands. – cloud_cloud Jul 20 '17 at 7:50

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