Preventing new connections
In certain emergencies, you may need to lock down the server completely, or just prevent specific users from accessing the database. It's hard to foresee all the situations where you may need to do this, so we will present a range of options.
How to do it…
Connections can be prevented in several ways, as follows:
- Pause and resume the session pool. See the Setting up a connection pool recipe, later in this chapter, on controlling connection pools.
- Stop the server! See the Stopping the server safely and quickly and the Stopping the server in an emergency recipes, though this is not recommended.
- Restrict the connections for a specific database to zero by setting the connection limit to
ALTER DATABASE foo_db CONNECTION LIMIT 0;
This will limit normal users from connecting to that database, though it will still allow superuser connections.