Charmed PostgreSQL VM

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How to restore a foreign backup

This is a guide on how to restore a backup that was made from a different cluster, (i.e. cluster migration via restore).

To perform a basic restore (from a local backup), see Charmed PostgreSQL VM | How to restore a local backup.

Note: All commands are written for juju >= v.3.0

If you are using an earlier version, be aware that:

  • juju run replaces juju run-action --wait in juju v.2.9
  • juju integrate replaces juju relate and juju add-relation in juju v.2.9

For more information, check the Juju 3.0 Release Notes.


Restoring a backup from a previous cluster to a current cluster requires:

  • A single unit Charmed PostgreSQL deployed and running
  • Access to S3 storage
  • Configured settings for S3 storage
  • Backups from the previous cluster in your S3 storage
  • Passwords from your previous cluster

Manage cluster passwords

When you restore a backup from an old cluster, it will restore the password from the previous cluster to your current cluster. Set the password of your current cluster to the previous cluster’s password:

juju run postgresql/leader set-password username=operator password=<previous cluster password> 
juju run postgresql/leader set-password username=replication password=<previous cluster password> 
juju run postgresql/leader set-password username=rewind password=<previous cluster password> 

List backups

To view the available backups to restore, use the command list-backups:

juju run postgresql/leader list-backups 

This shows a list of the available backups (it is up to you to identify which backup-id corresponds to the previous-cluster):

    backups: |-
      backup-id             | backup-type  | backup-status
      YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SSZ  | physical     | finished

Restore backup

To restore your current cluster to the state of the previous cluster, run the restore command and pass the correct backup-id to the command:

juju run postgresql/leader restore backup-id=YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SSZ 

Your restore will then be in progress. Once it is complete, your current cluster will represent the state of the previous cluster.