This book covers topics that are of interest to a PostgreSQL
database administrator. This includes installation of the
software, set up and configuration of the server, management of
users and databases, and maintenance tasks. Anyone who runs a
PostgreSQL server, either for personal use, but especially in
production, should be familiar with the topics covered in this
The information in this book is arranged approximately in the
order in which a new user should read it. But the chapters are
self-contained and can be read individually as desired. The
information in this book is presented in a narrative fashion in
topical units. Readers looking for a complete description of a
particular command should look into the PostgreSQL 7.3 Reference Manual.
The first few chapters are written so that they can be understood
without prerequisite knowledge, so that new users who need to set
up their own server can begin their exploration with this book.
The rest of this book which is about tuning and management
presupposes that the reader is familiar with the general use of
the PostgreSQL database system. Readers are encouraged to look at
the PostgreSQL 7.3 Tutorial and the PostgreSQL 7.3 User's Guide for additional
This book covers PostgreSQL 7.3
only. For information on other versions, please read the
documentation that accompanies that release.