I am running Postgresql 9.1 on Ubuntu. Exact Postgresql version is 9.1+129ubuntu1 as my package manager shows.

I have 2 databases that are actively in use and they are used from a remote server.

I wish to log queries that have a long execution time. So I set following parameters in /etc/postgresql/9.1/main/postgresql.conf file

log_min_duration_statement = 10000
log_statement = 'mod'

so Postgresql will log queries that takes longer than 10 seconds.

But when I reload the postgres configuration, Postgresql begins to log every query that fits log_statement value. That I set duration to 100 seconds to be sure

log_min_duration_statement = 100000

But Postgresql keep logging every query that fits log_statement value, regardless of log_min_duration_statement value.

Setting log_statement to none seemed to stop logging.

Is there something that I missed about the configuration?

  • The thing is that you log the union of the two sets, not the intersection of it. I am not aware if it can be done as you'd like. Commented Apr 9, 2014 at 14:15
  • So, should I disable (comment out) log_statement so log_min_duration_statement should work?
    – Mp0int
    Commented Apr 9, 2014 at 14:22
  • If you simply want to log all long-running statements (be it a SELECT, UPDATE or some DDL), then yes. Commented Apr 9, 2014 at 15:24

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You were close. Your last idea is actually the way to go:

log_statement = none
log_min_duration_statement = 10000

Then no statement will be logged, except those running longer than 10 seconds - including the query string itself. Logging may have seemed to stop because 10 seconds is a high threshold. I am using 2 seconds normally, but YMMV.

This related answer on SO has more:

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    Let me add that the default for log_statement is none, so not setting it or setting to none has the same effect. Commented Apr 10, 2014 at 8:11

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