Near-Zero Downtime Automated Upgrades of PostgreSQL Clusters in Cloud (Part II)

I’ve started to write about the tool (pglupgrade) that I developed to perform near-zero downtime automated upgrades of PostgreSQL clusters. In this post, I’ll be talking about the tool and discuss its design details. You can check the first part of the series here: Near-Zero Downtime Automated Upgrades of PostgreSQL Clusters in Cloud (Part I). The tool is […]

Near-Zero Downtime Automated Upgrades of PostgreSQL Clusters in Cloud (Part I)

Last week, I was at Nordic PGDay 2018 and I had quite a few conversations about the tool that I wrote, namely pglupgrade, to automate PostgreSQL major version upgrades in a replication cluster setup. I was quite happy that it has been heard and some other people in different communities giving talks at meetups and other […]

PG Phriday: Getting RAD with Docker [Part 4]

PgBouncer is a popular proxy and pooling layer for Postgres. It’s extremely common to reconfigure PgBouncer with repmgr so it always directs connections to the current primary node. It just so happens our emerging Docker stack could use such a component. In our last article, we combined Postgres with repmgr to build a Docker container […]

Logical Replication in PostgreSQL 10

PostgreSQL 10 is getting close to its first beta release and it will include the initial support for logical replication, which is was written primarily by me and committed by my colleague Peter Eisentraut, and is internally based on the work 2ndQuadrant did on pglogical (even though the user interface is somewhat different). I’d like […]

When autovacuum does not vacuum

A few weeks ago I explained basics of autovacuum tuning. At the end of that post I promised to look into problems with vacuuming soon. Well, it took a bit longer than I planned, but here we go. To quickly recap, autovacuum is a background process cleaning up dead rows, e.g. old deleted row versions. […]

repmgr 3.3

repmgr 3.3 introduces a number of additional options for setting up and managing replication clusters, with particular emphasis on cascading replication support. These changes will also make it easier to set up complex clusters using provisioning scripts. Additionally there are changes to the repmgr command line utility’s logging behaviour which you should take into consideration […]

pglogical 1.2 with PostgreSQL 9.6 support

PostgreSQL 9.6 is now out and so is an updated version of pglogical that works with it. For quick guide on how to upgrade the database with pglogical you can check my post which announced 9.6beta support. The main change besides the support for 9.6.x release of PostgreSQL is in the way we handle the […]

Back to the Future Part 3: pg_rewind with PostgreSQL 9.6

This is the third and last part of blog articles dedicated to pg_rewind. In the two previous articles we have seen how pg_rewind is useful to fix split-brain events due to mistakes in the switchover procedures, avoiding the need of new base backups. We have also seen that this is true for simple replication clusters, […]

repmgr 3.2 is here with Barman support and Brand New High Availability features

repmgr 3.2 has recently been released with a number of enhancements, particularly support for 2ndQuadrant’s Barman archive management server, additional cluster monitoring functionality and improvements to the standby cloning process. One aim of this release is to remove the requirement to set up passwordless SSH between servers, which means when using repmgr’s standard functionality to […]

Back to the Future Pt. 2: How to use pg_rewind with PostgreSQL 9.5

In the previous blog article we have seen how pg_rewind works with a simple HA cluster, composed of a master node replicating to a standby. In this context, an eventual switchover involves just two nodes that have to be aligned. But what happens with HA clusters when there are several (also cascading) standbys? Now, consider […]