Occasionally, I get the following error while doing a simple pg_dump ( pg_dump -U postgres -Fc -f mybackup.dmp mydb):

pg_dump: [archiver (db)] query failed: ERROR:  could not open relation with OID 11072443
    pg_dump: [archiver (db)] query was: SELECT pg_catalog.pg_get_viewdef('11072443'::pg_catalog.oid) AS viewdef

The dump is then aborted.

I'm using PostgreSQL and pg_dump 9.2.2 for Windows.

Solutions welcome.

  • The latest 9.2 is 9.2.9. Could you reproduce it with it? Oct 20, 2014 at 21:26
  • The fact that it is occasional is interesting. Any antivirus software on the computer? That's a common culprit. Oct 20, 2014 at 21:31
  • Is it the same OID each time you get the error? If so, I'm betting on database corruption. Can you convert that OID to a table name (SELECT 11072443::regclass), and COPY that table manually to a file? Oct 21, 2014 at 12:47

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Thanks guys for the suggestions, I think I found the problem.

Each night, several bash scripts drop and recreate some tables, which each time get a new OID. This would explain why a different OID was appearing in each successive error message, as suggested by Josh.

I believe that on some occasions, pg_dump started while some of these tables were still being dropped/recreated, hence the error message.

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