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PostgreSQL resource fails to start with "My data may be inconsistent"

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SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension 12


PostgreSQL database configured in Pacemaker cluster in similar setup:

/usr/sbin/crm configure show
node 1084772924: zrs-db-t-01 \
        attributes pgsql-data-status=LATEST standby=off
node 1084772925: zrs-db-t-02 \
        attributes pgsql-data-status="STREAMING|ASYNC" standby=off
primitive Service_ip IPaddr2 \
        params ip= cidr_netmask=24 \
        op monitor interval=10s timeout=20s \
        meta target-role=Started multiple-active=stop_start
primitive pgsql pgsql \
        params pgdata="/data/pgdata" config="/data/pgdata/postgresql.conf" rep_mode=async node_list="zrs-db-t-01 zrs-db-t-02" master_ip= repuser=repuser restore_command="test ! -f archivedir/%f && cp %p  archivedir/%f" restart_on_promote=true \
        op monitor timeout=30 interval=30 depth=0
ms ms_pgsql pgsql \
        meta notify=true master-max=1 master-node-max=1 clone-max=2 clone-node-max=1 target-role=Started
colocation col_vip_on_prim inf: Service_ip ms_pgsql:Master
order demote-then-stop-ip Mandatory: _rsc_set_ ms_pgsql:demote Service_ip:stop symmetrical=false
order promote-then-ip Mandatory: _rsc_set_ ms_pgsql:promote Service_ip:start symmetrical=false

When setting the slave node to standby and then setting it back online the PostgreSQL resource agent fails to start with the following error:

My data may be inconsistent. You have to remove /var/lib/pgsql/tmp/PGSQL.lock file to force start


Before putting the node back online, remove the lock file:

rm /var/lib/pgsql/tmp/PGSQL.lock

and set the node online:

crm node online <node name>


The resource agent has limited information about the state of the actual database due to how the intra-node synchronization in PostgreSQL works. There is the possibility of data corruption even in this case.

Unfortunately the result is that the agent cannot detect the difference between a legitimate standby (as in this case) and data corruption, so manual intervention is needed even though the user in this case knows that enabling the slave again is safe. That is, the user has to delete the lock file before setting the slave back into online mode.

This is a known limitation of the resource agent at the moment.


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  • Document ID:7023166
  • Creation Date: 10-Jul-2018
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension

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