Monday, September 22, 2008

Re: [ADMIN] question on pg_ctl

Many thanks, Scott!


-----Original Message-----
From: Scott Marlowe []
Sent: Mon 9/22/2008 11:21 AM
To: Tena Sakai
Subject: Re: [ADMIN] question on pg_ctl

On Mon, Sep 22, 2008 at 11:49 AM, Tena Sakai <> wrote:
> Hi Everybody,
> I want to change a line in postgresql.conf (shared_buffers)
> and then issue a command:
>   pg_ctl reload
> This forces the postmaster process to reread the configuration
> file with new shared_buffer value.  And the postgres process
> that comes to life from this point on will execute with the
> newly specified value.  Correct?

To quote the postgresql.conf file:

shared_buffers = 150MB                  # min 128kB or max_connections*16kB
                                        # (change requires restart)

So it requires a complete restart.  Note that for the things you can
reload on, there's no real effect on running queries or connections
(at least no detrimental ones I can think of.)

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