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How to Back Up a PostgreSQL Database Using pg_dump
PostgreSQL includes a utility called "pg_dump" that can be used to dump database information into a file for backup purposes.
The pg_dump utility is run from the Linux command line. The basic syntax of the command is:
pg_dump name_of_database > name_of_backup_file
The command must be run by a user with privileges to read all of the database information, so it is run as the superuser most of the time.
For a real-world example, we can log into the "postgres" user and execute the command on the default database, also called "postgres":
sudo su - postgres pg_dump postgres > postgres_db.bak
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