please please please PLEASE help!

please please please PLEASE help!

Post by Stev » Sat, 24 Jul 2004 15:11:25


I've asked this question a couple of times before on this forum but no
one seems to be nice enough to point me to the right direction or help
me out with any information, if possible. Please help me out with this
because this is a very serious issue for me and I need to learn more
about this. And here it is again:

I've been running postgres on my server for over a year now and the
tables have become huge. I have 3 tables that have data over 10GB each
and these tables are read very very frequently. In fact, heavy searches
on these tables are expected every 2 to 3 minutes. This unfortunately
gives a very poor response time to the end user and so I'm looking at
other alternatives now.

Currently, the postgresql installation is on a single disk and so all
the tables have their data read from a single disk. Searching on
different tables by multiple users at the same time results in very slow
searches, as it's mainly dependant on the spindle speed. I recently
gained access to another server which has 3 SCSI disks. I know there is
a way to mirror the tables across the three different disks but I'm not
sure if it's as easy as symlinking the files (WAL files only?) across.
Can anyone please tell me what to do here and how to harness the power
of the three SCSI drives that I have. Which files in the data directory
need to be moved? Is this safe? Can backups etc be easily done? Any
information will be greatly appreciated. Thank you,


please please please PLEASE help!

Post by shridha » Sat, 31 Jul 2004 01:16:35

Postgresql 7.5 which is expected to enter in beta soon, has tablespace support
which can do these sort of things without resorting to any filesystem
changes. You can give it a try.

Or you can do a software RAID on these drives to speed up reads. That should
achieve similar effect.



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