How to backup a managed postgres database with 10000+ tables


We have a managed postgres database with digital ocean with a large number of tables. Running a normal pg_dump will crash as it needs a lock per table and is exceeding whatever the managed clusters configured postgresql max_locks_per_transaction is, which I do not believe we can change ourselves.

pg_dump: WARNING:  out of shared memory
pg_dump: SQL command failed
pg_dump: Error message from server: ERROR:  out of shared memory
HINT:  You might need to increase max_locks_per_transaction.

We cannot instead use pg_basebackup to do backups as the configured database user/host does not have permissions to connect as a replication connection.

And so is it literally impossible via normal postgres commands to backup an entire digital ocean managed database if you go over a certain table limit?


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Rajkishore J
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July 21, 2021
Accepted Answer

Hi @nigelgott,

You can open a support ticket with us to increase ‘max_locks_per_transaction’, we will be able to help you with this.

Regards, Rajkishore

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