Postgres stopped running, is there a way I can get alerts if this happens?

I recently realized my site was down, and after I checked the logs I noticed I couldn’t connect to postgres. Once I started postgres the site was back up.

Couple of questions:

  • What might cause postgres to stop?
  • What’s a way that I could get an alert if my site goes down?

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Then you would need to check postgres logs to find out why it crashes.