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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)

Pushing users off the system

Sometimes, we may need to remove groups of users from the database server for various operational reasons. Here's how to do it.

How to do it...

You can terminate a user's session with the pg_terminate_backend() function included with PostgreSQL. That function takes the PID, or the process ID, of the user's session on the server. This process is known as the backend, and it is a different system process from the program that runs the client.

To find the PID of a user, we can look at the pg_stat_activity view. We can use it in a query, like this:

SELECT pg_terminate_backend(pid)
FROM pg_stat_activity

There are a couple of things to note if you run this query. If the WHERE clause...