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PostgreSQL 9 Administration Cookbook - Second Edition by Simon Riggs, Gianni Ciolli, Hannu Krosing, Gabriele Bartolini

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Preventing new connections

In certain emergencies, you may need to lock down the server completely, or just prevent specific users from accessing the database. It's hard to foresee all the situations in which you might need to do this, so we present a range of options.

How to do it…

Connections can be prevented in a number of ways, as follows:

  • Pause and resume the session pool. See the Setting up a connection pool recipe later in this chapter on controlling connection pools.
  • Stop the server! See the Stopping the server safely and quickly and Stopping the server in an emergency recipes, but this is not recommended.
  • Restrict the connections for a specific database to zero, by setting the connection limit to zero:
    ALTER DATABASE foo_db CONNECTION LIMIT ...

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