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Background:

I have a postgres instance behind a load balancer (AWS Classic Load Balancer). I want to access the database from another cluster through the load balancer and run queries. I cannot change the database setup (instance behind load balancer).

When executing long-running queries (VACUUM in my case), the connection is dropped by the load balancer after 1 hour. This happens because the connection is inactive and the load balancer terminates it.

tcp_keepalives_idle does not work here and the load balancer checks for actual transmitted data, not just packets (see the update on this question)

Problem:

How can I keep the connection alive while the VACUUM is running? Is there a way to send data over the connection to indicate that it is still alive?

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There is no way to have activity on a database connection that is waiting for a server response.

I'd say that that is a bug in the load balancing software, and you should report it. Your use case is a valid one.

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