How to Restore Postgresql Cluster from data directory

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Question :

in our office we have a development database server that runs Debian 5, on this server we had a postgresql 8.1 running but because of the lack of internet access from the server we backed up with pg_dump_all the entire cluster, but the dump file is lost then we installed many versions and neither 8.1 version itself recognize the database cluster, so my question is, theres a way to reinstall the same postgres 8.1 and tell him to take the old cluster from data folder? or the backup should be via the dump file only? i only have the data folder but neither the 9.2, 8.4, or the same 8.1 can recognize the cluster. this is the error im getting while trying to initialize the same cluster with pg 8.1

postgres@Desarrollo-SDQ-VE:/opt/postgres/8.1/bin$ ./postgres -D  /databases/postgresql/8.1/ve/ -c config_file=/etc/postgresql/8.1/ve/postgresql.conf
[2012-11-13 10:42:22 AST:18359id]     2012-11-13 10:42:22 AST    2012-11-13 10:42:22.137 AST  FATAL:  database files are incompatible with server
[2012-11-13 10:42:22 AST:18359id]     2012-11-13 10:42:22 AST    2012-11-13 10:42:22.138 AST  DETAIL:  The database cluster was initialized with HAVE_INT64_TIMESTAMP but the server was compiled without HAVE_INT64_TIMESTAMP.
[2012-11-13 10:42:22 AST:18359id]     2012-11-13 10:42:22 AST    2012-11-13 10:42:22.138 AST  HINT:  It looks like you need to recompile or initdb.

any Idea?

Answer :

Here’s what I’d do:

  • Download postgresql-8.1_8.1.8-1.diff.gz, postgresql-8.1_8.1.8-1.dsc and postgresql-8.1_8.1.8.orig.tar.gz from on a machine running the same OS as what you intend to install on.

  • dpkg-source -x postgresql-8.1_8.1.8-1.dsc

  • Examine debian/rules for configure options.

This shows:

DEB_CONFIGURE_EXTRA_FLAGS := --mandir=$${prefix}/share/postgresql/8.1/man 

This should help you do your own source build. In particular I think you probably need --enable-integer-datetimes.

Alternately, you could dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot -uc -b to build the package, then copy it to the target server and install it.

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