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Last updated March 2020

Momentum includes a PostgreSQL database used by the MTA application. There can be only one instance of this database. In a cluster configuration, it is installed on the Manager node.

PostgreSQL Overview

The following describes the default directories and configuration related to the PostgreSQL database:

  • /var/db – Root database directory for PostgreSQL

  • /var/db/msyspg – Contains the postgresql.conf configuration file and the PID file

    The logging options set in the configuration file are discussed in the section called “PostgreSQL Log Files”.

    The msyspg database contains the real-time data collected by Momentum and, since this data is retained for two years, be sure that there is adequate space on the drive that hosts the PostgreSQL server .

  • /var/db/msyspg/pg_log – Contains the PostgreSQL log files, as configured in postgresql.conf

  • /opt/msys/3rdParty/bin – Contains the PostgreSQL client program psql

    Other PostgreSQL programs such as pg_dump and pg_dumpall are also found in this directory.

  • /opt/msys/3rdParty/etc/php.d – Contains the ecdb.ini file, which includes the database credentials


We expressly recommend against using an NFS file system because of concerns about its performance in general and its reliability, especially on Linux.

PostgreSQL Log Files

The following settings in the postgresql.conf file determine the configuration for the PostgreSQL log files:


Location of the PostgreSQL log files

Default setting is the /var/db/msyspg/pg_log directory.


Format of the logging file name

At runtime, this is resolved as a four digit representation of the year and a two digit representation of the month, day, and minute. Default value is postgresql-%Y-%m-%d-%M.log.


Controls log rotation

Default setting is on.


Controls log rotation

Default setting is 100MB. With the default settings, a new log file will be created after 100MB have been written into a log file.

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