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

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Recovery of a dropped/damaged tablespace

Recovering a complete tablespace is also required sometimes. It's actually a lot easier than recovering a single table.

How to do it…

The methods differ, depending on the type of backup you have available. If you have multiple types of backup, you have a choice.

Logical – from the custom dump taken with pg_dump -F c

If you've taken a logical backup using pg_dump in a custom file, then you can simply extract the tables you want from the dumpfile, like the following:

pg_restore -t mytab1 -t mytab2 …  dumpfile | psql

Alternatively, you can directly connect to the database using –d.

Of course, you may have difficulty remembering exactly which tables were there. So, you may need to proceed like this:

  1. Find a suitable ...

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