pg_archivecleanup — clean up PostgreSQL WAL archive files
pg_archivecleanup is designed to be used as an
archive_cleanup_command to clean up WAL file archives when
running as a standby server (see Section 26.2).
pg_archivecleanup can also be used as a standalone program to
clean WAL file archives.
To configure a standby
server to use pg_archivecleanup, put this into its
postgresql.conf configuration file:
archive_cleanup_command = 'pg_archivecleanup
archivelocation is the directory from which WAL segment
files should be removed.
When used within archive_cleanup_command, all WAL files
logically preceding the value of the
%r argument will be removed
archivelocation. This minimizes the number of files
that need to be retained, while preserving crash-restart capability. Use of
this parameter is appropriate if the
archivelocation is a
transient staging area for this particular standby server, but
not when the
archivelocation is intended as a
long-term WAL archive area, or when multiple standby servers are recovering
from the same archive location.
When used as a standalone program all WAL files logically preceding the
oldestkeptwalfile will be removed from
In this mode, if you specify a
file name, then only the file prefix will be used as the
oldestkeptwalfile. This treatment of
file name allows you to remove
all WAL files archived prior to a specific base backup without error.
For example, the following example will remove all files older than
WAL file name
pg_archivecleanup -d archive 000000010000003700000010.00000020.backup pg_archivecleanup: keep WAL file "archive/000000010000003700000010" and later pg_archivecleanup: removing file "archive/00000001000000370000000F" pg_archivecleanup: removing file "archive/00000001000000370000000E"
pg_archivecleanup assumes that
archivelocation is a directory readable and writable by the
pg_archivecleanup accepts the following command-line arguments:
Print lots of debug logging output on
Print the names of the files that would have been removed on
stdout(performs a dry run).
Print the pg_archivecleanup version and exit.
Provide an extension that will be stripped from all file names before deciding if they should be deleted. This is typically useful for cleaning up archives that have been compressed during storage, and therefore have had an extension added by the compression program. For example:
Show help about pg_archivecleanup command line arguments, and exit.
The environment variable
PG_COLOR specifies whether to use
color in diagnostic messages. Possible values are
pg_archivecleanup is designed to work with PostgreSQL 8.0 and later when used as a standalone utility, or with PostgreSQL 9.0 and later when used as an archive cleanup command.
pg_archivecleanup is written in C and has an easy-to-modify source code, with specifically designated sections to modify for your own needs
On Linux or Unix systems, you might use:
archive_cleanup_command = 'pg_archivecleanup -d /mnt/standby/archive %r 2>>cleanup.log'
where the archive directory is physically located on the standby server,
so that the
archive_command is accessing it across NFS,
but the files are local to the standby.
produce debugging output in
remove no-longer-needed files from the archive directory