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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

Understanding object dependencies

In most databases, there will be dependencies between objects in the database. Sometimes, we need to understand these dependencies to figure out how to perform certain actions, such as modifying or deleting existing objects. Let's look at this in detail.

Getting ready

We'll use the following simple database to understand and investigate them:

  1. Create two tables as follows:
orderid integer PRIMARY KEY
CREATE TABLE orderlines (
orderid integer
,lineid smallint
,PRIMARY KEY (orderid, lineid)
  1. Now, we add a link between them toenforcewhat is known asreferential integrity, as follows:
ALTER TABLE orderlines ADD FOREIGN KEY (orderid)
REFERENCES orders (orderid);
  1. If we try to drop the referenced table, we get the following message:
DROP TABLE orders;
ERROR: cannot drop table orders because other objects depend on it
DETAIL: constraint orderlines_orderid_fkey on table orderlines depends on table orders
HINT: Use DROP ... CASCADE to drop the dependent...