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PostgreSQL 9 Administration Cookbook by Hannu Krosing, Simon Riggs

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Connecting to PostgreSQL server

How do we access PostgreSQL?

Connecting to the database is most people's first experience of PostgreSQL, so we want to make it a good one. So, let's do it, and fix any problems we have along the way. Remember that a connection needs to be made securely, so there may be some hoops for us to jump through to ensure that the data we wish to access is secure.

Before we can execute commands against the database, we need to connect to the database server, giving us a session.

Sessions are designed to be long-lived, so you connect once, perform many requests, and then eventually disconnect. There is a small overhead during connection. That may become noticeable if you connect/disconnect repeatedly, so you may wish to investigate ...

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