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= walmgr3(1) =
== NAME ==
walmgr3 - tool for managing WAL-based replication for PostgreSQL.
== SYNOPSIS ==
walmgr3 <config.ini> command [--not-really] [options]
== DESCRIPTION ==
Walmgr3 is a tool to handle replication of PostgreSQL with PITR (also
known as Log Shipping).
This script allows to setup and administer the replication, it is also
used by PostgreSQL to archive and restore the WAL files.
See <<quick_start,QUICK START>> below to start your first log shipping
in few steps.
The 'command' is one of the Master, Slave, Common or Internal commands
listed below.
== GENERAL OPTIONS ==
-V, --version::
Print version info and exit.
-h, --help::
Show this help message and exit.
-q, --quiet::
Log only errors and warnings.
-v, --verbose::
Log verbosely.
-d, --daemon::
Run in daemon mode (go background).
-n, --not-really::
Show what would be done without actually doing anything.
== SPECIFIC OPTIONS ==
--ini::
Display sample ini file.
--set="'param=val[,param=value]'"::
Override config setting
--init-master::
Initialize Master walmgr3 configuration.
--init-slave::
Initialize Slave walmgr3 configuration.
--config-dir='filepath'::
Configuration file location for `--init-X commands`.
--slave='hostname'::
Slave host name.
--pgdata='path'::
PostgreSQL data directory.
--ssh-keygen::
Generate a SSH key pair if needed (used in Master).
--ssh-add-key='keyfile.pub'::
Add the public key file to authorized_hosts file (used in Slave).
--ssh-remove-key='ssh_key'::
Remove Master ssh key from authorized_hosts file (used in Slave).
--primary-conninfo='connection_string'::
Provide the connection string to the streaming replication Master
(used in Slave).
--add-password='plaintext_file'::
Add password for streaming replication from plain text file to .pgpass.
Additional fields for password file entry will be extracted from primary-conninfo
(used in Slave).
--remove-password::
Remove .pgpass entry, which was used for streaming replication
(used in Slave)
== DAEMON OPTIONS ==
-r, --reload::
Reload config (send SIGHUP).
-s, --stop::
Stop program safely (send SIGINT).
-k, --kill::
Kill program immediately (send SIGTERM).
== MASTER COMMANDS ==
=== setup ===
Sets up PostgreSQL for WAL archiving, creates necessary directory
structures on Slave.
=== sync ===
Copies in-progress WAL files to Slave.
=== syncdaemon ===
Start WAL synchronization in daemon mode. This will start periodically
synching the in-progress WAL files to Slave.
The following configuration parameters are used to drive the syncdaemon:
- *loop_delay* - how long to sleep between the synchs.
- *use_xlog_functions* - use record based shipping to synchronize
in-progress WAL segments.
=== stop ===
Stop archiving and de-configure PostgreSQL archiving.
=== periodic ===
Runs periodic command if configured. This enables to execute arbitrary
commands on interval, useful for synchronizing scripts, config files,
crontabs etc.
=== synch-standby ===
Enables/disables synchronous streaming replication for given application name(s).
Does additional check before enabling synchronous mode.
== SLAVE COMMANDS ==
=== boot ===
Stop WAL playback and bring the database up so it can accept queries.
=== pause ===
Pauses WAL playback.
=== continue ===
Continues previously paused WAL playback.
== COMMON COMMANDS ==
=== listbackups ===
Lists available backups on Slave node.
=== backup ===
Creates a new base backup from Master database. Will purge expired
backups and WAL files on Slave if `keep_backups` is not specified.
During a backup a lock file is created in Slave `completed_wals`
directory. This is to prevent simultaneous backups and resulting
corruption. If running backup is terminated, the BACKUPLOCK file may
have to be removed manually.
EXPERIMENTAL: If run on Slave, creates backup from in-recovery Slave
data. WAL playback is paused, Slave data directory is backed up to
`full_backup` directory and WAL playback is resumed. Backups are rotated
as needed. The idea is to move the backup load away from production node.
Usable from PostgreSQL 8.2 and up.
=== restore [src[dst]] ===
Restores the specified backup set to target directory. If specified
without arguments the latest backup is *moved* to Slave data directory
(doesn't obey retention rules). If `src` backup is specified the backup
is copied (instead of moved). Alternative destination directory can be
specified with `dst`.
=== cleanup ===
Cleanup any walmgr3 files after stop.
== INTERNAL COMMANDS ==
=== xarchive <srcpath> <srcname> ===
On Master, archive one WAL file.
=== xrestore <srcname> <dstpath> [last restartpoint wal] ===
On Slave, restore one WAL file.
=== xlock ===
On Master, create lock file to deny other concurrent backups.
=== xrelease ===
On Slave, remove backup lock file, allow other backup to run.
=== xrotate ===
Rotate backups by increasing backup directory suffixes. Note that since
we also have to make room for next backup, we actually have
*keep_backups - 1* backups available after this.
Unneeded WAL files are not removed here, it is handled by `xpurgewals`
command instead.
=== xpurgewals ===
On Slave, remove WAL files not needed for recovery.
=== xpartialsync <filename> <offset> <bytes> ===
Read 'bytes' worth of data from stdin, append to the partial WAl file
starting from 'offset'. On error it is assumed that master restarts
from zero.
The resulting file is always padded to XLOG_SEGMENT_SIZE bytes to
simplify recovery.
== CONFIGURATION ==
=== Common settings ===
==== job_name ====
Optional. Indentifies this script, used in logging. Keep unique if
using central logging.
==== logfile ====
Where to log.
==== use_skylog ====
Optional. If nonzero, 'skylog.ini' is used for log configuration.
=== Master settings ===
==== pidfile ====
Pid file location for syncdaemon mode (if running with -d). Otherwise
not required.
==== master_db ====
Database to connect to for pg_start_backup(), etc. It is not a
good idea to use `dbname=template` if running syncdaemon in record
shipping mode.
==== master_data ====
Master data directory location.
==== master_config ====
Master postgresql.conf file location. This is where `archive_command`
gets updated.
==== master_restart_cmd ====
The command to restart Master database, this used after changing
`archive_mode` parameter. Leave unset if you cannot afford to restart
the database at setup/stop.
==== slave ====
Slave host and base directory.
==== slave_config ====
Configuration file location for the Slave walmgr3.
==== completed_wals ====
Slave directory where archived WAL files are copied.
==== partial_wals ====
Slave directory where incomplete WAL files are stored.
==== full_backup ====
Slave directory where full backups are stored.
==== config_backup ====
Optional. Slave directory where configuration file backups are stored.
==== loop_delay ====
The frequency of syncdaemon updates. In record shipping mode only
incremental updates are sent, so smaller interval can be used.
==== use_xlog_functions ====
Use pg_xlog functions for record based shipping (available in 8.2 and
up).
==== compression ====
If nonzero, a `-z` flag is added to rsync cmdline. It reduces network
traffic at the cost of extra CPU time.
==== keep_symlinks ====
Keep symlinks for `pg_xlog` and `pg_log`.
==== hot_standby ====
If set to 1, walmgr3 setup will set `wal_level` to `hot_standby`
(PostgreSQL 9.0 and newer).
==== command_interval ====
How ofter to run periodic command script. In seconds, and only evaluated
at log switch times.
==== periodic_command ====
Shell script to be executed at specified time interval. Can be used for
synchronizing scripts, config files etc.
=== Sample master.ini ===
[walmgr]
job_name = wal-master
logfile = ~/log/%(job_name)s.log
pidfile = ~/pid/%(job_name)s.pid
use_skylog = 1
master_db = dbname=my_db
master_data = /var/lib/postgresql/9.1/main
master_config = /etc/postgresql/9.1/main/postgresql.conf
master_bin = /usr/lib/postgresql/9.1/bin
# set this only if you can afford database restarts during setup and stop.
#master_restart_cmd = /etc/init.d/postgresql-9.1 restart
slave = slave-host
slave_config = /var/lib/postgresql/conf/wal-slave.ini
walmgr_data = /var/lib/postgresql/walshipping
completed_wals = %(walmgr_data)s/logs.complete
partial_wals = %(walmgr_data)s/logs.partial
full_backup = %(walmgr_data)s/data.master
config_backup = %(walmgr_data)s/config.backup
# syncdaemon update frequency
loop_delay = 10.0
# use record based shipping available since 8.2
use_xlog_functions = 0
# pass -z to rsync, useful on low bandwidth links
compression = 0
# keep symlinks for pg_xlog and pg_log
keep_symlinks = 1
# tell walmgr to set wal_level to hot_standby during setup
#hot_standby = 1
# periodic sync
#command_interval = 600
#periodic_command = /var/lib/postgresql/walshipping/periodic.sh
=== Slave settings ===
==== slave_data ====
PostgreSQL data directory for the Slave. This is where the restored
backup is copied/moved.
==== slave_bin ====
Specifies the location of PostgreSQL binaries (pg_controldata, etc).
Needed if they are not already in the PATH.
==== slave_stop_cmd ====
Script to stop PostgreSQL on Slave.
==== slave_start_cmd ====
Script to start PostgreSQL on Slave.
==== slave_config_dir ====
Directory for PostgreSQL configuration files. If specified, `walmgr3 restore`
attempts to restore configuration files from `config_backup` directory.
==== slave_pg_xlog ====
Set to the directory on the Slave where pg_xlog files get written to. On
a restore to the Slave walmgr3 will create a symbolic link from
data/pg_xlog to this location.
==== completed_wals ====
Directory where complete WAL files are stored. Also miscellaneous
control files are created in this directory (BACKUPLOCK, STOP, PAUSE,
etc.).
==== partial_wals ====
Directory where partial WAL files are stored.
==== full_backup ====
Directory where full backups are stored.
==== config_backup ====
Optional. Slave directory where configuration file backups are stored.
==== backup_datadir ====
Set `backup_datadir` to 'no' to prevent walmgr3 from making a backup of
the data directory when restoring to the Slave. This defaults to 'yes'.
==== keep_backups ====
Number of backups to keep. Also all WAL files needed to bring earliest
backup up to date are kept. The backups are rotated before new backup
is started, so at one point there is actually one less backup available.
It probably doesn't make sense to specify `keep_backups` if periodic
backups are not performed - the WAL files will pile up quickly.
Backups will be named data.master, data.master.0, data.master.1 etc.
==== archive_command ====
Script to execute before rotating away the oldest backup. If it fails
backups will not be rotated.
==== primary_conninfo ====
Primary database connection string for hot standby - enabling this will
cause the Slave to be started in hot standby mode.
=== Sample slave.ini ===
[walmgr]
job_name = wal-slave
logfile = ~/log/%(job_name)s.log
use_skylog = 1
slave_data = /var/lib/postgresql/9.1/main
slave_bin = /usr/lib/postgresql/9.1/bin
slave_stop_cmd = /etc/init.d/postgresql-9.1 stop
slave_start_cmd = /etc/init.d/postgresql-9.1 start
slave_config_dir = /etc/postgresql/9.1/main
# alternative pg_xlog directory for slave, symlinked to pg_xlog on restore
#slave_pg_xlog = /vol2/pg_xlog
walmgr_data = ~/walshipping
completed_wals = %(walmgr_data)s/logs.complete
partial_wals = %(walmgr_data)s/logs.partial
full_backup = %(walmgr_data)s/data.master
config_backup = %(walmgr_data)s/config.backup
backup_datadir = yes
keep_backups = 0
archive_command =
# primary database connect string for hot standby -- enabling
# this will cause the slave to be started in hot standby mode.
#primary_conninfo = host=master port=5432 user=postgres
== EXIT STATUS ==
0::
Successful program execution.
== ENVIRONMENT ==
PostgreSQL environment variables can be used.
== QUICK START [[quick_start]] ==
1. Set up passwordless ssh-key on Master and write configuration file
master$ walmgr3 --ssh-keygen --init-master --slave <slave_hostname>
2. Set up passwordless ssh authentication from Master to Slave and write
configuration file on Slave
slave$ walmgr3 --init-slave --ssh-add-key=/tmp/id_rsa.pub
3. Logging setup on Master and Slave
master$ cp skylog.ini ~postgres/
slave$ cp skylog.ini ~postgres/
4. Start archival process and create a base backup
master$ walmgr3 /var/lib/postgresql/conf/wal-master.ini setup
master$ walmgr3 /var/lib/postgresql/conf/wal-master.ini backup
CAUTION: starting from PostgreSQL 8.3 the archiving is enabled by
setting archive_mode GUC to on. However changing this parameter
requires the server to be restarted.
5. Prepare postgresql.conf and pg_hba.conf on Slave and start replay
slave$ walmgr3 /var/lib/postgresql/conf/wal-slave.ini restore
For debian based distributions the standard configuration files are
located in /etc/postgresql/x.x/main directory. If another scheme is
used the postgresql.conf and pg_hba.conf should be copied to slave
full_backup directory. Make sure to disable archive_command in slave
config.
'walmgr3 restore' moves data in place, creates recovery.conf and
starts postmaster in recovery mode.
6. In-progress WAL segments can be backup by command:
master$ walmgr3 /var/lib/postgresql/conf/wal-master.ini sync
7. If need to stop replay on Slave and boot into normal mode, do:
slave$ walmgr3 /var/lib/postgresql/conf/wal-slave.ini boot
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