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Upgrading to PostgreSQL 11 on Centos 7

Since my previous article Upgrading to PostgreSQL 10 on Centos 7 was so popular, I though I’d do a follow-up for anyone looking to upgrade a very simply configured PostgreSQL 10 server to PostgreSQL 11 on Centos 7.

First, and this goes without saying, backup your server!

Install the repo RPM for PosgresSQL 10
sudo yum install
Install PosgreSQL 11
sudo yum install postgresql11-server

If you’re using extensions like pg_crypto, you will also need the postgresql11-contrib package

sudo yum install postgresql11-contrib
Stop Postgresql 10 and Postgresql 11
sudo systemctl stop postgresql-10.service && sudo systemctl stop postgresql-11.service
Initialize the PostgreSQL 11 database
sudo su postgres
cd ~/
/usr/pgsql-11/bin/initdb -D /var/lib/pgsql/11/data/
Migrate your database from the 10.x version to 11.x
/usr/pgsql-11/bin/pg_upgrade --old-datadir /var/lib/pgsql/10/data/ --new-datadir /var/lib/pgsql/11/data/ --old-bindir /usr/pgsql-10/bin/ --new-bindir /usr/pgsql-11/bin/
Edit configuration files

Make any necessary changes to postgresql.conf . I’d recommend making the changes to the new version rather than copying over postgresql.conf from 10.

You can view your 10 configuration with:

nano /var/lib/pgsql/10/data/postgresql.conf

You can make your changes to the 11 configuration with:

nano /var/lib/pgsql/11/data/postgresql.conf

If you need to connect from other servers, make sure to change:

#listen_addresses = 'localhost'

to (apostrophes may not survive copy/paste, may want to hand enter)

listen_addresses = '*'

Now do the same with pg_hba.conf

View the old configuration

nano /var/lib/pgsql/10/data/pg_hba.conf

Edit the new configuration

nano /var/lib/pgsql/11/data/pg_hba.conf
Start the server
systemctl start postgresql-11.service
Analyze and optimize the new cluster
Enable the PostgreSQL 11 Service (to start automatically)
systemctl enable postgresql-11
Remove PostgreSQL 10 and its data (if so desired)
sudo yum remove postgresql10-server

That should do it!

Fix: Office Updates and Malwarebytes

If any of you are big fans of Malwarebytes (and why wouldn’t you be?) you may be experiencing crashes in Office 2013 and 2016 under Windows 10.

Microsoft has identified the problem:

The workaround is to use the latest beta of Malware Bytes:

Hope this helps!

Where’d the Timer Go?

So. System.Threading.Timer. Right.

I’m really starting to miss the old System.Timers.Timer. Built like a tank. System.Threading.Timer is a bit more finicky, but is the only option in .Net Core.

My fun of the day:

It turns out, when the timer goes out of scope, it will be disposed of. Even if you’d told it to, for example, tick every 3 seconds. Though I probably should have known that.

This will tick exactly once:

private void foo()
Timer t = new Timer(bar, null, 0, 3000);

Instead, you must do:

Timer t = null;
private void foo()
t = new Timer(bar, null, 0, 3000);

Just so you don’t waste a couple of frustrating hours like I did.

Happy coding!

Where did the time go!?

I can’t believe it’s been four years since my last update. While life and work have made progress on many of my projects take a back seat, there’s so many exciting areas of IT these days, I just couldn’t resist posting again. Hopefully more to come soon and regularly on Linux, Windows, Azure, Hyper-V, VMware, KVM, Java, Swift, iOS, C#, and who knows what else!