As for every tranactional database, disk I/O is the main limiting factor for PostgresSQL. If you plan to deploy a high-usage database please take some precautions on the used storage. Use either a RAID 1 or 10 and choose a FS that does fast block-IO (ext2).
Accounts and permissions
When starting with a fresh database, you've to create some users first before you can start using it.
su - postgresql createuser -P <user> createdb -O <user> <db>
Also be sure to tune the pg_hba.conf in the data-directory to your needs. To emulate MySQLs default "every user needs to authenticate from everywhere"-semantics use the following config:
local all all md5 host all all 127.0.0.1/32 md5 host all all ::1/128 md5
Since PostgresSQL is a transactional database, old rows don't get actually removed/replaced when you update/delete them (since they might be still needed in older/long running transactions). To actually free them you need to issue a vacuum.
A normal vacuum will only mark deprecated rows for reuse, to actually reclaim diskspace (e.g. when having deleted large amounts of data) you need to issue a full vacuum. Please note that it might be faster to backup the data you want to keep and truncate the table if you plan to remove large portions of a table.
Fixing broken databases
set zero_damaged_pages to on; vacuum; pray;
If you want to know which table in your database claims the most diskspace, here is a query that returns the size of the tables from the current database.
A block is 8192 bytes therefore I calculate the kb size in an extra column. relfilenode column holds the file name for this table / data. You can find it in the data directory from postgres (main/). The relkind column holds the type of the data and reltuples the count of rows in this table.
SELECT relname, relfilenode, relkind, reltuples, relpages, ((relpages * 8192) / 1024) as relpages_kb FROM pg_class ORDER BY relpages DESC ;
relname | relfilenode | relkind | reltuples | relpages | relpages_kb ----------------------------------+-------------+---------+-----------+----------+------------- pg_toast_3377061 | 3377067 | t | 1982 | 433 | 3464 user_logging | 3377300 | r | 3313 | 243 | 1944 pg_proc_proname_args_nsp_index | 16642 | i | 1695 | 138 | 1104 article_menu | 3377283 | r | 8267 | 124 | 992 article_menu_pkey | 3395779 | i | 8267 | 74 | 592 article_element | 3377234 | r | 2799 | 69 | 552
Accessing the Database
psql and other CLI programs
psql and no password login
pgsql, command unlike the mysql command, has no option for a password. But there are two ways to go around this in a very efficient way.
export PGPASSWORD=password export PGUSER=username export PGHOST=host
with PGPASSWORD set you can start hacking away your bash scripts.
with a ~/.pgpass file