Monitoring pgBackRest with tail_n_mail

After a lively discussion at work today about monitoring tools and uses cases, I decided to see if I could use tail_n_mail, which I already use to monitor my PostgreSQL logs, to monitor my pgBackRest logs. It turns out that it can, and can do so fairly trivially.

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pgBouncer and auth pass-thru

I’ve noticed several individuals inquiring lately about pgBouncer and how they can avoid putting all users and their passwords in it’s auth_file. After the most recent such inquiry (hi Richard!) I decided I’d write this post to hopefully make it clearer how to use ‘pass-thru auth’ and avoid maintaining your users and their passwords in an external file. So let’s see what this takes, shall we?

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Locking it down

I finally saved up and bought myself a smart lock at the end of April. I ended up getting the August Smart Lock Pro with the Connect module. Now that I’ve used it for a month and a half, I feel like I can finally review it.

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Mom cuts the cord

OK folks, it finally happened. My mother has cut the cord and now gets all her TV needs satisfied via OTA and OTT. Yes, you heard right. My mother. The same woman who spent the better part of a decade (I cut the cord in late 2008) saying how she didn’t understand how I could not have cable. Someone check the temperature in Hell will ya? :)

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Upgrading PostgreSQL from 9.4 to 10.3 with pglogical

I recently helped a customer upgrade their PostgreSQL instance from 9.4.x on RHEL to 10.x on Ubuntu. While it initially sounded daunting, the use of pglogical and some planning actually made it rather straightforward. While there’s nothing new or original in this post, I still felt compelled to write it up both for posterity’s sake and for anyone else that might find the info useful as an example in their own endeavors.

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