5. piw-initdb

The piw-initdb script is used to initialize or upgrade the piwheels master database. The target PostgreSQL database must already exist, and the DSN should connect as a cluster superuser (e.g. the postgres user), in contrast to the piw-master script which should not use the cluster superuser. The script will prompt before making any permanent alterations, and all actions will be executed within a single transaction so that in the event of failure the database will be left unchanged. Nonetheless, it is strongly recommended you take a backup of your database before using this script for upgrades.

5.1. Synopsis

usage: piw-initdb [-h] [--version] [-c FILE] [-q] [-v] [-l FILE] [-d DSN]
                  [-u NAME] [-y]

5.2. Description

-h, --help

show this help message and exit


show program’s version number and exit

-c FILE, --configuration FILE

Specify a configuration file to load

-q, --quiet

produce less console output

-v, --verbose

produce more console output

-l FILE, --log-file FILE

log messages to the specified file

-d DSN, --dsn DSN

The database to create or upgrade; this DSN must connect as the cluster superuser (default: postgres:///piwheels)

-u NAME, --user NAME

The name of the ordinary piwheels database user (default: piwheels)

-y, --yes

Proceed without prompting before init/upgrades

5.3. Usage

This script is intended to be used after installation to initialize the piwheels master database. Note that it does not create the database or the users for the database. It merely creates the tables, views, and other structures within an already existing database. See the Overview chapter for typical usage.

The script can also be used to upgrade an existing piwheels database to the latest version. The update scripts used attempt to preserve all data, and all upgrades are performed in a single transaction so that, theoretically, if anything goes wrong the database should be rolled back to its original state. However, it is still strongly recommended that you back up your master database before proceeding with any upgrade.