Does anyone know if there's a way to resend or regenerate a WAL file that was missed by the standby server? During my testing I've gotten into a situation where the main server fails to send a file or 2 due to some issue on the standby server. Once I correct the problem then the main server is able to send files just fine except it does not attempt to resend the files it missed and so the standby server gets "stuck" waiting for file x. In the mean time WAL files are stacking up in my wal archive directory on the standby server, they don't get processed because postgresql is waiting for a specific file.

So what I'd like to know is if there's a way to resend and/or regenerate this file on the primary server. If so, how? Or is that data lost? and if so, how do I tell the standby server to stop waiting for that file and move on to the next?

I'm using omnipitr-archive and omnipitr-restore commands for my archiving and restoring.

  • I think the only thing you can do is to re-initialize the standby. The (missing) WAL segments are gone.
    – user1822
    Jan 12, 2015 at 22:59
  • @a_horse_with_no_name do you mean do a base backup again and resync from the main to the standby? Jan 12, 2015 at 23:09

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except it does not attempt to resend the files it missed and so the standby server gets "stuck" waiting for file x

Your archive_command is buggy.

A correct archive command will never return zero (success) until the WAL of interest is safely archived. If the command returns non-zero (failure) then PostgreSQL will retry archival that WAL segment until it succeeds and will not discard the WAL segment until it's archived.

Either your archive_command is returning true before the archive is truly safely stored, or there's something wrong with the restore_command that's causing it to lose/remove WAL segments.

What you describe should not happen in normal, correct operation.

Now, if somehow you do land up with a gap of WAL segments between the standby's current position and the oldest available WAL segment, the only thing you can do is re-initialise the standby. The simplest and safest way to do this is with pg_basebackup -X stream. If you want to get more sophisticated and save some time/bandwidth you can instead use rsync to copy just changed parts of files:

  • Stop the standby
  • pg_start_backup() on the master
  • rsync -a --delete the master data dir to the standby data dir
  • pg_stop_backup() on the master
  • wait for the final WAL segments to archive
  • start the standby

Unless you have configured a second archive destination for backing up the WAL files it will be impossible to skip ahead on the standby.

If you have backups you should be able to copy them into the source location specified in omnipitr-restore and have things pick up from where they left off.

Failing that you will have to take a backup of the master and replace the standby with that backup

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