🚮 PostgreSQL Trash Can 🚮
This is a PostgreSQL plugin that implements a trash can/wastebasket/rubbish bin/recycling container. This allows desktop-minded users to drop tables willy-nilly while giving them the warm and fuzzy feeling of knowing that their data is still there. Now they only need to think of "vacuum" as "disk defragmentation", and they'll feel right at home.
This plugin supports PostgreSQL 9.0 and later.
To build and install it, run:
make make install
You can choose a different PostgreSQL installation in the usual way:
make PG_CONFIG=/else/where/pg_config make install PG_CONFIG=/else/where/pg_config
To activate the module, add the following setting to
shared_preload_libraries = 'pgtrashcan'
This requires a server restart.
Alternatively, the module can also be loaded by
local_preload_libraries if appropriate preparations are made.
In PostgreSQL 9.4 or later,
session_preload_libraries can also be
DROP TABLE command is executed, it will actually only
move the table to a schema named "Trash". To actually delete the
table permanently, either drop again it from the Trash schema, or drop
the Trash schema altogether (it will be recreated as needed). Note
that only tables are covered; other objects will be dropped normally.
Note: In case it isn't obvious, this whole thing is a bit silly, but it works, so go for it.