"Benjamin Arai" <> writes:
> Right now I run "sync" afte the updates have finished to ensure that the
> data is synced to disk but I am concerned about the segment data and
> anything else I am missing that PostgreSQL explicitly handles. Is there
> something I can do in addition to sync to tell PostgreSQL exlplicitly that
> it is time to ensure everything is stored in its final destionation and etc?
You need to give PG a CHECKPOINT command to flush stuff out of its
internal buffers. After that finishes, a manual "sync" commnd will
push everything down to disk.
You realize, of course, that a system failure while the updates are
running might leave your database corrupt? As long as you are prepared
to restore from scratch, this might be a good tradeoff ... but don't
let yourself get caught without an up-to-date backup ...
regards, tom lane