CHAR (16) – Another conference on the horizon but with a focus on business

The PostgreSQL user community is becoming spoilt with a choice of excellent events organized by both local user groups and commercial organizations supporting the Postgre ...

More ‘POWER’ for PostgreSQL

Now Available! Debian and Ubuntu packages for Power Architecture. The official announcement was published last Friday, September 30, 2016: the PostgreSQL repository for D ...

Committed to the PostgreSQL Community, 2ndQuadrant Contributes to 9.6

The latest version of PostgreSQL 9.6 is planned to be released later today, bringing with it some much anticipated features and updates. As the most advanced open source ...

Back to the Future Pt. 2: How to use pg_rewind with PostgreSQL 9.5

In the previous blog article we have seen how pg_rewind works with a simple HA cluster, composed of a master node replicating to a standby. In this context, an eventual s ...

The Best Barman Ever

This is my (very) biased opinion, but I am ready to bet that once you try Barman 2.0 you’ll agree with me.Version 2.0 takes Barman to a new level, thanks to full ...

Back to the Future Pt. 1: Introduction to pg_rewind

Since PostgreSQL 9.5, pg_rewind has been able to make a former master follow up a promoted standby although, in the meantime, it proceeded with its own timeline. Consider ...

Evolution of Fault Tolerance in PostgreSQL: Synchronous Commit

PostgreSQL is an awesome project and it evolves at an amazing rate. We’ll focus on evolution of fault tolerance capabilities in PostgreSQL throughout its versions with ...

PostgreSQL vs. Linux kernel versions

I’ve published multiple benchmarks comparing different PostgreSQL versions, as for example the performance archaeology talk (evaluating PostgreSQL 7.4 up to 9.4), a ...

Evolution of Fault Tolerance in PostgreSQL: Time Travel

PostgreSQL is an awesome project and it evolves at an amazing rate. We’ll focus on evolution of fault tolerance capabilities in PostgreSQL throughout its versions with ...

Speed up getting WAL files from Barman

Starting from Barman 1.6.1, PostgreSQL standby servers can rely on an “infinite” basin of WAL files and finally pre-fetch batches of WAL files in parallel fro ...

Future of Postgres-XL

You probably know that Postgres-XL is a distributed database based on PostgreSQL. A few days ago we pushed the XL 9.6 code into the public git repository. Additional details about the new stuff available in Postgres-XL 9.6 are available here. The topic of this blog post is quite different, though. I’d like to discuss some…

Kanban & devops culture at 2ndQuadrant – Part 1

We very often hear about devops culture, lean and agile methodologies, kanban, pair programming, peer review, testing, and many more; but how many of us could effectively put these things into practice?

More robust collations with ICU support in PostgreSQL 10

In this article, I want to introduce the ICU support in PostgreSQL, which I have worked on for PostgreSQL version 10, to appear later this year. Sorting Sorting is an important functionality of a database system. First, users generally want to see data sorted. Any query result that contains more than one row and is…

What’s new in Postgres-XL 9.6

For the last few months, we at 2ndQuadrant have been working on merging PostgreSQL 9.6 into Postgres-XL, which turned out to be quite challenging for various reasons, and took more time than initially planned due to several invasive upstream changes. If you’re interested, look at the official repository here (look at the “master” branch for…

Up to date access to postgres logs

Some of my Italian colleagues have made a nifty little gadget called redislog for pushing postgres logs into Redis, the distributed in-memory cache. From there it can be fed into things like logstash. I thought it would be interesting instead to make the logs available via the Redis Foreign Data Wrapper as a Postgres table….

Logical Replication in PostgreSQL 10

PostgreSQL 10 is getting close to its first beta release and it will include the initial support for logical replication, which is was written primarily by me and committed by my colleague Peter Eisentraut, and is internally based on the work 2ndQuadrant did on pglogical (even though the user interface is somewhat different). I’d like…

Out of tree builds

Recently I was asked “what’s a vpath build?” If you regularly build postgres from source it’s something you should know about. A vpath build is one where the build tree is kept completely separate from the source tree, so you can completely remove the build tree and your source tree is still there, clean and…

In the defense of sar (and how to configure it)

Let me discuss a topic that is not inherently PostgreSQL specific, but that I regularly run into while investigating issues on customer systems, evaluating “supportability” of those systems, etc. It’s the importance of having a monitoring solution for system metrics, configuring it reasonably, and why sar is still by far my favorite tool (at least…

PostgreSQL 10 identity columns explained

For PostgreSQL 10, I have worked on a feature called “identity columns”. Depesz already wrote a blog post about it and showed that it works pretty much like serial columns: CREATE TABLE test_old ( id serial PRIMARY KEY, payload text ); INSERT INTO test_old (payload) VALUES (‘a’), (‘b’), (‘c’) RETURNING *; and CREATE TABLE test_new…

“Now is Better Than Never” – Why I decided to attend PyCon8…

…and why I’m glad I did. It’s not all technical… Who knew?! Last year, Pycon7 was held right about the time I joined 2ndQuadrant. Seeing as I was new to the technology AND the Italian language (note: there was an English track), I opted out of attending. Well, after attending Pycon8, I can say that…

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