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PostgreSQL 14 Administration Cookbook

By : Simon Riggs, Gianni Ciolli
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Book Image

PostgreSQL 14 Administration Cookbook

5 (1)
By: Simon Riggs, Gianni Ciolli

Overview of this book

PostgreSQL is a powerful, open-source database management system with an enviable reputation for high performance and stability. With many new features in its arsenal, PostgreSQL 14 allows you to scale up your PostgreSQL infrastructure. With this book, you'll take a step-by-step, recipe-based approach to effective PostgreSQL administration. This book will get you up and running with all the latest features of PostgreSQL 14 while helping you explore the entire database ecosystem. You’ll learn how to tackle a variety of problems and pain points you may face as a database administrator such as creating tables, managing views, improving performance, and securing your database. As you make progress, the book will draw attention to important topics such as monitoring roles, validating backups, regular maintenance, and recovery of your PostgreSQL 14 database. This will help you understand roles, ensuring high availability, concurrency, and replication. Along with updated recipes, this book touches upon important areas like using generated columns, TOAST compression, PostgreSQL on the cloud, and much more. By the end of this PostgreSQL book, you’ll have gained the knowledge you need to manage your PostgreSQL 14 database efficiently, both in the cloud and on-premise.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)

Usage of disk space by temporary data

In addition to ordinary persistent tables, you can also create temporary tables. Temporary tables have disk files for their data, just as persistent tables do, but those files will be stored in one of the tablespaces listed in the temp_tablespaces parameter or, if not set, the default tablespace.

PostgreSQL may also use temporary files for query processing for sorts, hash joins, or hold cursors if they are larger than your current work_mem parameter setting.

So, how do you find out how much data is being used by temporary tables and files? You can do this by using any untrusted embedded language, or directly on the database host.

Getting ready

You have to use an untrusted language because trusted languages run in a sandbox, which prohibits them from directly accessing the host filesystem.

How to do it…

Perform the following steps:

  1. First, check whether your database defines special tablespaces for...