Enterprise PostgreSQL Solutions

How to Set Up NFS and Run PG on it

Introduction Network File System (NFS) is a distributed file system protocol that allows a user on a client node to access files residing on a server node over network much like local storage is accessed. Today in this blog, I will share how to set up both NFSv4 server and client on CentOS7 and run…
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How to setup Lustre file system and run Postgres on it

1. Overview Similar to PostgreSQL, Lustre file system is also an open source project which started about 20 years ago. According to Wikipedia, Lustre file system is a type of parallel distributed file system, and is designed for large-scale cluster computing with native Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) support. Lustre file systems are scalable and…
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Maintain a custom PG to PG Connection With libpq’s COPY protocol

1. Introduction Recently in my development work, a custom connection is required to be maintained between a PG backend on primary and another PG backends on standby nodes to communicate custom data in addition to the existing walsender/walreceiver connection that streams WAL data. Of course, I could just create a new standalone backend and maintain…
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One idea of accessing Primary’s buffer blocks

1. Overview PostgreSQL is a great open source project for many reasons. One of the reasons I like it is because of the design of buffer blocks addressing. In this blog, I am going to explain a possible way to share a Primary’s buffer blocks with a Standby. If you want to know more about…
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Understand PG’s MVCC Visibility Basic Check Rules

1. Introduction PostgreSQL’s MultiVersion Concurrency Control (MVCC) is an “advanced technique for improving database performance in a multi-user environment” according to Vadim Mikheev. This technique requires multiple “versions” of the same data tuple exist in the system governed by snapshots taken during different time periods. In other words, under such technique, it is PG’s responsibility…
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How to do backup and restore for PostgreSQL using pg_rman

1. Overview PostgreSQL is a very popular open-source relational database management system, and it is widely used in many different production environments. To maintain the production environment always functioning, you need to a lot tools, and one of the tools must to have been backup and restore. This blog is going to introduce one backup…
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Atomic Commit with 2 Phase Commit in FDW Distributed Setup

1. Introduction PostgreSQL’s 2 phase commit (2PC) feature allows a database to store the details of a transaction on disk without committing it. This is done by issuing PREPARE TRANSACTION [name] command at the end of a transaction block. When the user is ready to commit, he/she can issue COMMIT PREPARED [name] where [name] should…
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Upcoming feature in PostgreSQL 15 – MERGE statement

The MERGE statement is one of the long awaited features and it’s coming in the upcoming Major version of PostgreSQL 15. Although the PostgreSQL 15 release is quite a distance away, the MERGE statement patch has been committed to the development branch and it should become available as early as beta release around May, 2022.…
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global deadlock in a distributed database cluster

1. Overview Nowadays, supporting distributed transactions is a typical requirement for many use cases, however, the global deadlock detection is one of the key challenging issues if you plan to use PostgreSQL to setup a distributed database solution. There are many discussions about global deadlock, but this blog will provide you a step-by-step procedure about…
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parallel commit in postgres fdw

1. Overview PostgreSQL is one of the greatest open source databases, not only because of the extensibility and SQL compliance but also the evolution of new features. For example, in postgres_fdw, there is a new feature parallel commit has been added into the main branch and will be released in PG15. This blog is for…
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Distributed Database With PostgreSQL – Atomic Commit Problems

1. Introduction If you are into distributed database research, especially one that is setup using Foreign Data Wrapper (FDW) + partitioned foreign tables, you probably have heard that there are many potential issues associated with this setup. Atomic commit, atomic visibility and global deadlock detection are one of the most popular issues that one can…
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A snippet to acquire a Lightweight lock

1. Overview Recently, I was working on an internal issue related with buffer manager in PostgreSQL, and I saw a typical use of the Lightweight lock in buffer manager like below. Basically, when the buffer manger needs to access a buffer block using buffer tag, it will have to acquire a lightweight lock in either…
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The significance of LSN in PostgreSQL System

1. Introduction Last year I wrote a blog about PostgreSQL’s timeline concept, which is essential for executing Point In Time Recovery (PITR) back to a particular timeline and particular Log Sequence Number (LSN). But we have not talked about the idea of LSN in which everything else is built upon. Today in this blog, I…
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Transaction ID and Snapshot information functions

1. Overview I recently investigated one internal issue which was related with snapshot and found there were some changes on transaction id and snapshot information functions in PostgreSQL. Here, I am trying to share what I have learned. Before PostgreSQL 13, all transaction id and snapshot related public functions were named as txid_xxx_yyy, for example,txid_current(),…
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2021 PG Asia Conference Delivered Another Successful Online Conference Again!

Introduction On December 14-17, 2021, PostgresConf.CN & PGconf.Asia2021 (referred to as 2021 PG Asia Conference) was held online successfully and once again listed as a global gold standard conference on Postgresql.org! This conference was jointly organized by the China PostgreSQL Association, PostgresConf International Conference Organization,and PGConf.Asia Asian Community About the Conference Also known as the…
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A Look Inside PostgreSQL’s Extended Query Protocol

1. Introduction Few weeks ago, I was tasked to have a detailed look inside PostgreSQL’s extended query protocol and study its internal mechanisms for a project that depends on this particular feature. In this blog, I will explain how extended protocol works in my own words and how it differs from simple query. 2. Simple…
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How to run a specific regression test

1. Overview I have been working on an internal project based on PostgreSQL for a while, and from time to time, I need to run some specific test cases to verify my changes. Here, I want to shared a tip to run a specific regression TAP test quickly, especially, when you are focusing on a…
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The PostgreSQL Timeline Concept

1. Introduction In my previous blog here, I discussed about PostgreSQL’s point in time recovery where PostgreSQL supports an ability to recover your database to a specific time, recovery point or transaction ID in the past but I did not discuss in detail the concept of timeline id, which is also important in database recovery.…
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PostgresConf.CN and PGConf.Asia 2021 (China Branch) Join Forces Again to Bring You the Best Conference in Asia!

About the Event In November, 2020, PostgresConf.CN and PGconf.Asia2020 cooperatively organized 2020 PG Asia Conference online for the very first time! This conference attracted over 100 participating experts, scholars and speakers around the world to deliver a grand technical feast for all the participants. The event was broadcast exclusively via the Modb Technology Community platform…
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Backup Label in PostgreSQL

1. Overview When I was working on some backup and recovery related features for a project based on Postgres, I noticed that there is file called backup_label. By quickly google search, you can find some very nice blogs or books which discussed this topic, such as, The Internals of PostgreSQL, one of my favourite books.…
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