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PostgreSQL 11 Administration Cookbook

By : Simon Riggs, Gianni Ciolli, Sudheer Kumar Meesala
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PostgreSQL 11 Administration Cookbook

By: Simon Riggs, Gianni Ciolli, Sudheer Kumar Meesala

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 11 allows you to scale up your PostgreSQL infrastructure. This book takes a step-by-step, recipe-based approach to effective PostgreSQL administration. The book will introduce you to new features such as logical replication, native table partitioning, additional query parallelism, and much more to help you to understand and control, crash recovery and plan backups. You will learn how to tackle a variety of problems and pain points for any database administrator such as creating tables, managing views, improving performance, and securing your database. As you make steady progress, the book will draw attention to important topics such as monitoring roles, backup, and recovery of your PostgreSQL 11 database to help you understand roles and produce a summary of log files, ensuring high availability, concurrency, and replication. By the end of this book, you will have the necessary knowledge to manage your PostgreSQL 11 database efficiently.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
About Packt

Listing extensions in this database

Every PostgreSQL database contains some objects that are automatically brought in when the database is created. Every user will find a pg_database system catalog that lists databases, as shown in the Listing databases on this database server recipe. There is little point in checking whether these objects exist, because even superusers are not allowed to drop them.

On the other hand, PostgreSQL comes with tens of collections of optional objects, called modules, or equivalently extensions. The database administrator can install or uninstall these objects, depending on the requirements. They are not automatically included in a newly created database, because they might not be required by every use case. Users will install only the extensions they actually need, when they need them; an extension can be installed while a database is up and running.

In this recipe, we will explain how to list extensions that have been installed on the current database. This is...