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PostgreSQL 10 Administration Cookbook - Fourth Edition

By : Simon Riggs, Gianni Ciolli
Book Image

PostgreSQL 10 Administration Cookbook - Fourth Edition

By: Simon Riggs, Gianni Ciolli

Overview of this book

PostgreSQL is a powerful, open source database management system with an enviable reputation for high performance and stability. With many new features in its arsenal, PostgreSQL 10 allows users to scale up their PostgreSQL infrastructure. This book takes a step-by-step, recipe-based approach to effective PostgreSQL administration. Throughout this book, you will be introduced to these new features such as logical replication, native table partitioning, additional query parallelism, and much more. You will learn how to tackle a variety of problems that are basically the pain points for any database administrator - from creating tables to managing views, from improving performance to securing your database. More importantly, the book pays special attention to topics such as monitoring roles, backup, and recovery of your PostgreSQL 10 database, ensuring high availability, concurrency, and replication. By the end of this book, you will know everything you need to know to be the go-to PostgreSQL expert in your organization.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)

Finding the current configuration settings

At some point, it will occur to you to ask, What are the current configuration settings?

Most settings can be changed in more than one way, and some ways do not affect all users or all sessions, so it is quite possible to get confused.

How to do it...

Your first thought is probably to look in postgresql.conf, which is the configuration file, described in detail in the Updating the parameter file recipe. That works, but only as long as there is only one parameter file. If there are two, then maybe you're reading the wrong file! How would you know? So, the cautious and accurate way is to not trust a text file, but to trust the server itself.

Moreover, you learned in the previous...