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PostgreSQL 14 Administration Cookbook

By : Simon Riggs, Gianni Ciolli
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PostgreSQL 14 Administration Cookbook

5 (1)
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 14 allows you to scale up your PostgreSQL infrastructure. With this book, you'll take a step-by-step, recipe-based approach to effective PostgreSQL administration. This book will get you up and running with all the latest features of PostgreSQL 14 while helping you explore the entire database ecosystem. You’ll learn how to tackle a variety of problems and pain points you may face as a database administrator such as creating tables, managing views, improving performance, and securing your database. As you make progress, the book will draw attention to important topics such as monitoring roles, validating backups, regular maintenance, and recovery of your PostgreSQL 14 database. This will help you understand roles, ensuring high availability, concurrency, and replication. Along with updated recipes, this book touches upon important areas like using generated columns, TOAST compression, PostgreSQL on the cloud, and much more. By the end of this PostgreSQL book, you’ll have gained the knowledge you need to manage your PostgreSQL 14 database efficiently, both in the cloud and on-premise.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)

Monitoring and tuning a vacuum

This recipe covers both the VACUUM command and autovacuum, which I refer to collectively as vacuums (non-capitalized).

If you're currently waiting for a long-running vacuum (or autovacuum) to finish, go straight to the How to do it... section.

If you've just had a long-running vacuum complete, then you may want to think about setting a few parameters for next time, so read the How it works… section.

Getting ready

Let's watch what happens when we run a large VACUUM. Don't run VACUUM FULL, because it runs for a long time while holding an AccessExclusiveLock on the table. Ouch.

First, locate which process is running this VACUUM by using the pg_stat_activity view to identify the specific pid (34399 is just an example).

How to do it…

Repeatedly execute the following query to see the progress of the...