Some skytools related new today, it’s been a while. For those who where at my FOSDEM’s talk about Implementing High Availability you might have heard that I really like working with PGQ. A new version has been released a while ago, and the most recent verion is now 3.1.3, as announced in the Skytools 3.1.3 email.

*Upgrade time!*

Skytools 3.1.3 enters debian

First news is that Skytools 3.1.3 has been entering debian today (I hope that by the time you reach that URL, it’s been updated to show information according to the news here, but I might be early). As there’s current a debian freeze to release wheezy (and you can help squash some bugs), this version is only getting uploaded to experimental for now. Thanks to the tireless work of Christoph Berg though, this version is already available from

Upgrading to PGQ 3

The other news is that I’ve been testing live upgrade scenario where we want to upgrade from PGQ to PGQ3, and it works pretty well, and it’s quite simple to achieve too. Here’s how.

So the first thing is to shut down the current ticker process. Then we install the new packages, assuming that you did follow the step in the wiki pointed above, please go read again now if needs be. ticker.ini -s
sudo apt-get install postgresql-9.1-pgq3 skytools3-ticker skytools3

The ticker is not running anymore, we have the right version of the software installed. Next step is to upgrade the database parts of PGQ:

psql -f /usr/share/skytools3/pgq.upgrade_2.1_to_3.0.sql ...
psql -1 -f /usr/share/postgresql/9.1/contrib/pgq.upgrade.sql ...

Of course replace those ... with options such as your actual connection string. I tend to always add -vON_ERROR_STOP=1 to all these commands, so that I don’t depend on having the right .psqlrc on the particular server I’m connected to. Also remember that if you want to do that for more than one database, you need to actually run that pair of commands for each of them.

Now it’s time to restart the new ticker. The main changes from the previous one is that it is now a C program called pgqd that knows how to tick for any number of databases, so that you only have to have one instance around per cluster now.

sudo /etc/init.d/skytools3 start
tail -f /var/log/skytools/pgqd.log

Those two commands are taking for granted that you did prepare the pgqd setup the debian and skytools way, by adding your config in /etc/skytools3/pgqd.ini and editing /etc/skytools.ini accordingly, so that it’s automatically taken into account at machine boot.

Note that I did actually exercised the procedure above while running a pgbench test replicated with londiste. Of course the replication has been lagging a little while no ticker was running, and then it catched-up as fast as it could, in that case:

INFO {count: 245673, ignored: 0, duration: 422.104366064}

Happy Hacking!

So if you have any batch processing needs, remember to consider what PGQ has to offer. And yes if you’re running some cron job to compute things out of the database for you, you are doing some batch processing.

*Yes, I did search for Transactional Batch Processing*