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Joël Cattin

pgBackRest – a simple privileges-related issue

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I recently had to replace Barman by pgBackRest as Backup & Recovery solution for one of my customer. The purpose of this blog is not to show how I made the setup (some dbi blogs already exists for that), but only to share a small issue I encountered during the creation of the Stanza : [email protected]:/ [cms2] pgbackrest –stanza=cms2_primary stanza-create ERROR: [058]: version ’11’ and path ‘(null)’ queried from cluster do not match version ’11’…

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Franck Pachot

PostgreSQL Shared Buffers vs free RAM

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PostgreSQL, like all other database engines, modifies the table and index blocks in shared buffers. People think that the main goal of buffered reads is to act as a cache to avoid reading from disk. But that’s not the main reason as this is not mandatory. For example PostgreSQL expects that the filesystem cache is used. The primary goal of shared buffers is simply to share them because multiple sessions may want to read a…

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Franck Pachot

The myth of NoSQL (vs. RDBMS) agility: adding attributes

By | AWS, Database Administration & Monitoring, NoSQL, Oracle, Postgres, SQL Server | 3 Comments

By Franck Pachot . There are good reasons for NoSQL and semi-structured databases. And there are also many mistakes and myths. If people move from RDBMS to NoSQL because of wrong reasons, they will have a bad experience and this finally deserves NoSQL reputation. Those myths were settled by some database newbies who didn’t learn SQL and relational databases. And, rather than learning the basics of data modeling, and capabilities of SQL for data sets…

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Franck Pachot

AWS Aurora vs. RDS PostgreSQL on frequent commits

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This post is the second part of https://blog.dbi-services.com/aws-aurora-xactsync-batch-commit/ where I’ve run row-by-row inserts on AWS Aurora with different size of intermediate commit. Without surprise the commit-each-row anti-pattern has a negative effect on performance. And I mentioned that this is even worse in Aurora where the session process sends directly the WAL to the network storage and waits, at commit, that it is acknowledged by at least 4 out of the 6 replicas. An Aurora specific…

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Franck Pachot

AWS Aurora IO:XactSync is not a PostgreSQL wait event

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By Franck Pachot . In AWS RDS you can run two flavors of the PostgreSQL managed service: the real PostgreSQL engine, compiled from the community sources, and running on EBS storage mounted by the database EC2 instance, and the Aurora which is proprietary and AWS Cloud only, where the upper layer has been taken from the community PostgreSQL. The storage layer in Aurora is completely different. In PostgreSQL, as in most RDBMS except for exclusive…

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Franck Pachot

ysql_bench: the YugaByteDB version of pgbench

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By Franck Pachot . This follows the previous post on testing YugaByteDB 2.1 performance with pgbench: https://blog.dbi-services.com/yugabytedb-2-1/ A distributed database needs to reduce inter-node synchronization latency and then replaces two-phase pessimistic locking by optimistic concurrency control in many places. This means more serialization errors where a transaction may have to be re-tried. But the PostgreSQL pgbench does not have this possibility and this makes benchmarking distributed database very hard. For example when CERN tested CoackroachDB…

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Franck Pachot

YugaByteDB 2.1: the Open Source multi-region distributed database with PostgreSQL API is in GA with huge performance improvement

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By Franck Pachot . 9 months ago I was looking at YugaByteDB which was still in beta version for its ‘YSQL’ API. I published my first test on Medium: https://medium.com/@FranckPachot/running-pgbench-on-yugabytedb-1-3-3a15450dfa42. I have been very enthusiastic about the idea, the architecture, the way they open-sourced it and how all was documented in their blog. I’ve even met them in Sunnyvale when I traveled to California for Oracle Open World. Great people with a great vision on…

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Nabil Saoual

Control-M/EM : Mass update,some examples on how to use it

By | Control-M, Postgres | No Comments

Introduction:   We are back today to write about a powerful tool that we can use to update our folders.   Question: Suppose you have to update two jobs of your folder; the task should be easy. But what happens when you must update 50 jobs in a restricted delay? Solution:   To get this easier and smarter we will use the find and update tool. We will use the find and update tool: To…

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Franck Pachot

How SQL Server MVCC compares to Oracle and PostgreSQL

By | Database Administration & Monitoring, Oracle, Postgres, SQL Server | No Comments

By Franck Pachot . Microsoft SQL Server has implemented MVCC in 2005, which has been proven to be the best approach for transaction isolation (the I in ACID) in OLTP. But are you sure that writers do not block readers with READ_COMMITTED_SNAPSHOT? I’ll show here that some reads are still blocked by locked rows, contrary to the precursors of MVCC like PostgreSQL and Oracle.

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Saïd Mendi

PostgreSQL Meetup at CERN, Geneva, January 17, 2020

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Registration Last Friday (17/01/20) I had the opportunity to go to Geneva at CERN to attend a PostgreSQL meetup. I’m really happy to write a blog about for a lot of reasons. First of all, it was about PostgreSQL (essential these days), also for the contributors as Oleg Bartunov and finally because of the organizers: Franck Pachot (old & soon new colleague by dbi-services) & Laeticia Avrot I met at the SOUG Day in Lausane.

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