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Lightweight connection pooler for PostgreSQL.


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GNU Make 3.81+ is required for building.

PgBouncer uses libevent for low-level socket handling.
Libevent needs to be at least version 1.3b.  Preferably 2.x as
Libevent 2.x has proper async DNS implementation.

When this is installed just run:

	$ ./configure --prefix=/usr/local --with-libevent=libevent-prefix
	$ make
	$ make install

If the OS does not have libevent available as package, it can be
downloaded from

If you are building from git, or are building for Windows, please see 
separate build instructions below.

DNS lookup support

Starting from PgBouncer 1.4, it does hostname lookups at connect
time instead just once at config load time.  This requires proper
async DNS implementation.  Following list shows supported backends
and their probing order:

.DNS backends
| backend                    | parallel | EDNS0 (1) | /etc/hosts | SOA lookup (2) | note

| c-ares                     | yes      | yes       | yes        | yes            | ipv6+CNAME buggy in <=1.10
| udns                       | yes      | yes       | no         | yes            | ipv4-only
| evdns, libevent 2.x        | yes      | no        | yes        | no             | does not check /etc/hosts updates
| getaddrinfo_a, glibc 2.9+  | yes      | yes (3)   | yes        | no             | N/A on non-linux
| getaddrinfo, libc          | no       | yes (3)   | yes        | no             | N/A on win32, requires pthreads
| evdns, libevent 1.x        | yes      | no        | no         | no             | buggy

1. EDNS0 is required to have more then 8 addresses behind one hostname.
2. SOA lookup is needed to re-check hostnames on zone serial change
3. To enable EDNS0, add `options edns0` to /etc/resolv.conf

`./configure` also has flags `--enable-evdns` and `--disable-evdns` which
turn off automatic probing and force use of either `evdns` or `getaddrinfo_a()`.

Building from GIT

Building PgBouncer from GIT requires that you fetch libusual
submodule and generate the header and config files before
you can run configure:

	$ git clone git://
	$ cd pgbouncer
	$ git submodule init
	$ git submodule update
	$ ./
	$ ./configure ...
	$ make
	$ make install

Additional packages required: autoconf, automake, libtool,
autoconf-archive, asciidoc 8.x, xmlto, and pkg-config.

Building for WIN32

At the moment only build env tested is MINGW32 / MSYS.  Cygwin
and Visual $ANYTHING are untested.  Libevent 2.x is required
for DNS hostname lookup.

Then do the usual:

	$ ./configure ...
	$ make

If cross-compiling from Unix:

	$ ./configure --host=i586-mingw32msvc ...

Running on WIN32

Running from command-line goes as usual, except -d (daemonize),
-R (reboot) and -u (switch user) switches will not work.

To run pgbouncer as a Windows service, you need to configure
`service_name` parameter to set name for service.  Then:

	$ pgbouncer -regservice config.ini

To uninstall service:

	$ pgbouncer -unregservice config.ini

To use Windows Event Log, set "syslog = 1" in config file.
But before you need to register pgbevent.dll:

	$ regsvr32 pgbevent.dll

To unregister it, do `regsvr32 /u pgbevent.dll`.


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