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Issue 15.4 ('Xojo in Germany')
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Issue: 15.4 (July/August 2017)
Author: Craig Boyd
Author Bio: Craig Boyd is currently a data architect for a major fashion retail brand. But in his 20 years of IT experience, he has been everything from a PC Technician, iSeries System Administrator, iSeries Programmer, Sr. Technical Lead, Data Modeler, Data Architect, Oracle DBA, BI Consultant and Solution Architect. He lives in the great state of Texas with his wife and two kids.
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Hello All! Last time we talked about database backup best practices and briefly touched on using pg_dump for backing up your PostgreSQL database. In this article we are going to take a deeper look into pg_dump and how it can be used to back up your PostgreSQL database.

If you remember the command to perform a simple backup from the last article was:

pg_dump -d myDatabase -U craig > myDatabase_bu.sql

As a reminder from the previous article you can run this command while the database is up and running. It will take a backup of all the structures as well as the data. The database you are backing up can be noted with the "-d" option or if you just pass the name of the database as the first parameter that works fine too. I personally prefer having the "-d" option since it makes it clear what is being referenced.

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