Forward to the past

Teodor Sigaev

Postgres Professional



Sometimes there is a great desire to return the database to the past, for a day or two or more days. The reasons are diverse, but most often one is to see what has changed. Or to see if the application behaved incorrectly after the update. Or it was just a command from the boss. The classic way everyone knows is to keep full backups and sets of WAL-logs to be able to recover to an arbitrary moment. This method is a real headache for DBAs/administrators, and it will not work quickly. Sure, there are some ways to optimize this process, but downtime is inevitable. PostgresPro offers a new way — database snapshots and the ability to return to them.

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