Using pg upgrade on Ubuntu/Debian
From PostgreSQL wiki
Instructions for how to convert/upgrade a PostgreSQL database cluster using pg_upgrade on Ubuntu or Debian. For the sake of example, I'm upgrading from version 9.1 to 9.2, but it should work with any version (8.3 and up -- subject to limitations in pg_upgrade).
Simply replace any version numbers on the example command lines given below.
These instructions are experimental! This way of upgrading is not yet supported by Ubuntu upstream. Do it at your own risk. Always test in a staging environment before running on production. I have tested this on Ubuntu 12.04.
When in doubt, use the old but slower pg_upgradecluster method.
Update: postgresql-common 141 (released in April 2013) supports pg_upgrade via pg_upgradecluster --method=upgrade. See the manpage for details.
First you need to install relevant packages: postgresql-VER and postgresql-server-dev-VER. If you're using contrib extensions, you also need postgresql-contrib-VER, and possibly other modules like postgresql-plpython-VER...
sudo apt-get install postgresql-9.1 postgresql-contrib-9.1 postgresql-server-dev-9.1 \ postgresql-9.2 postgresql-contrib-9.2 postgresql-server-dev-9.2
By default, Ubuntu creates a database cluster named "main" with each installed version. We will use these. Verify that these are configured:
# sudo pg_lsclusters Version Cluster Port Status Owner Data directory Log file 9.1 main 5432 down postgres /var/lib/postgresql/9.1/main /var/log/postgresql/postgresql-9.1-main.log 9.2 main 5433 down postgres /var/lib/postgresql/9.2/main /var/log/postgresql/postgresql-9.2-main.log
Upgrading to version 9.2 or later
First you need to stop the relevant database clusters. To stop all clusters, run:
sudo /etc/init.d/postgresql stop
(If you don't want to stop all clusters, you can also use pg_ctlcluster to manage them one by one)
Do the upgrade... (For extra performance, you can use the --link option to pg_upgrade; please read pg_upgrade documentation first)
cd /tmp sudo -H -u postgres /usr/lib/postgresql/9.2/bin/pg_upgrade \ -b /usr/lib/postgresql/9.1/bin \ -B /usr/lib/postgresql/9.2/bin \ -d /var/lib/postgresql/9.1/main \ -D /var/lib/postgresql/9.2/main \ -o ' -c config_file=/etc/postgresql/9.1/main/postgresql.conf' \ -O ' -c config_file=/etc/postgresql/9.2/main/postgresql.conf'
See if it worked...
sudo pg_ctlcluster 9.2 main start sudo -u postgres psql --cluster 9.2/main
postgres=# select version(); PostgreSQL 9.2rc1 on x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu, compiled by gcc (Ubuntu/Linaro 4.6.3-1ubuntu5) 4.6.3, 64-bit postgres=# \l+ ... list of databases ...
Upgrading to version 9.1
The above instructions don't work when you upgrade to PostgreSQL 9.1. You have to jump through some hoops.
First, stop all clusters:
sudo /etc/init.d/postgresql stop
Note that I'm now using version numbers 9.0 and 9.1:
# sudo pg_lsclusters Version Cluster Port Status Owner Data directory Log file 9.0 main 5432 down postgres /var/lib/postgresql/9.0/main /var/log/postgresql/postgresql-9.0-main.log 9.1 main 5433 down postgres /var/lib/postgresql/9.1/main /var/log/postgresql/postgresql-9.1-main.log
First you have to symlink the configuration files to respective PostgreSQL data directories, where pg_upgrade expects to find them.
ln -s /etc/postgresql/9.1/main/postgresql.conf /var/lib/postgresql/9.1/main/ ln -s /etc/postgresql/9.0/main/postgresql.conf /var/lib/postgresql/9.0/main/
And now you have to run the pg_upgrade script with your respective configured port numbers:
cd /tmp sudo -H -u postgres /usr/lib/postgresql/9.1/bin/pg_upgrade \ -b /usr/lib/postgresql/9.0/bin \ -B /usr/lib/postgresql/9.1/bin \ -d /var/lib/postgresql/9.0/main \ -D /var/lib/postgresql/9.1/main \ -p 5432 \ -P 5433
Afterwards, you may delete the unnecessary config file links (but it's safe to leave them there if you want)
rm /var/lib/postgresql/9.1/main/postgresql.conf rm /var/lib/postgresql/9.0/main/postgresql.conf
Don't forget to merge your configuration changes in postgresql.conf, pg_hba.conf and other files.
If you upgraded from 9.0 or earlier and you're using contrib modules or other addons, it is recommended to migrate them to proper extensions. For example:
CREATE EXTENSION hstore SCHEMA public FROM unpackaged;
New cluster database "XXX" is not empty
The new cluster version already contains some data. If you want to get rid of it -- delete all data in the 9.2 version cluster, run:
pg_dropcluster 9.2 main pg_createcluster 9.2 main
Where do I get PostgreSQL 9.2?
On Ubuntu, you can simply install 9.2 from the semi-official "PPA" repository:
sudo apt-get install python-software-properties sudo apt-add-repository ppa:pitti/postgresql sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install postgresql-9.2 postgresql-contrib-9.2 postgresql-server-dev-9.2
Warning: Support for the current major version in the PPA may be dropped when a new major version is released. If you want to use this PPA, be prepared to always upgrade to the newest major version soon after it's released.