The primary use of this buildpack is to allow for transaction pooling of PostgreSQL database connections among multiple workers in a dyno. For example, 10 unicorn workers would be able to share a single database connection, avoiding connection limits and Out Of Memory errors on the Postgres server.
Q: Why should I use transaction pooling?
A: You have many workers per dyno that hold open idle Postgres connections and and you want to reduce the number of unused connections. This is a slightly more complete answer from stackoverflow
Q: Why shouldn't I use transaction pooling?
A: If you need to use named prepared statements, advisory locks, listen/notify, or other features that operate on a session level. Please refer to PGBouncer's feature matrix for all transaction pooling caveats.
With Rails 4.1, you can disable prepared statements by appending
?prepared_statements=false to the database's URI. Set the
PGBOUNCER_PREPARED_STATEMENTS config var to
false for the buildpack to do
that for you.
Rails versions 4.0.0 - 4.0.3, reportedly can't disable prepared statements at all. Make sure your framework is up to date before troubleshooting prepared statements failures.
Rails 3.2 - 4.0 also requires an initializer to properly cast the prepared_statements configuration string as a boolean. This initializer is adapted from this commit. In file config/initializers/database_connection.rb insert the following:
require "active_record/connection_adapters/postgresql_adapter" class ActiveRecord::ConnectionAdapters::PostgreSQLAdapter alias initialize_without_config_boolean_coercion initialize def initialize(connection, logger, connection_parameters, config) if config[:prepared_statements] == 'false' config = config.merge(prepared_statements: false) end initialize_without_config_boolean_coercion(connection, logger, connection_parameters, config) end end
$ ls -a Gemfile Gemfile.lock Procfile config/ config.ru $ heroku buildpacks:add https://github.com/heroku/heroku-buildpack-pgbouncer Buildpack added. Next release on pgbouncer-test-app will use https://github.com/heroku/heroku-buildpack-pgbouncer. Run `git push heroku master` to create a new release using this buildpack. $ heroku buildpacks:add heroku/ruby Buildpack added. Next release on pgbouncer-test-app will use: 1. https://github.com/heroku/heroku-buildpack-pgbouncer 2. https://github.com/heroku/heroku-buildpack-ruby Run `git push heroku master` to create a new release using these buildpacks. $ cat Procfile web: bin/start-pgbouncer-stunnel bundle exec unicorn -p $PORT -c ./config/unicorn.rb -E $RACK_ENV worker: bundle exec rake worker $ git push heroku master ... -----> Multipack app detected -----> Fetching custom git buildpack... done -----> pgbouncer-stunnel app detected Using pgbouncer version: 1.5.4-heroku Using stunnel version: 5.08 Using stack version: cedar-14 -----> Fetching and vendoring pgbouncer into slug -----> Fetching and vendoring stunnel into slug -----> Moving the configuration generation script into app/bin -----> Moving the start-pgbouncer-stunnel script into app/bin -----> pgbouncer/stunnel done -----> Fetching custom git buildpack... done ...
The buildpack will install and configure pgbouncer and stunnel to connect to
DATABASE_URL over a SSL connection. Prepend
to any process in the Procfile to run pgbouncer and stunnel alongside that process.
It is possible to connect to multiple databases through pgbouncer by setting
PGBOUNCER_URLS to a list of config vars. Example:
$ heroku config:add PGBOUNCER_URLS="DATABASE_URL HEROKU_POSTGRESQL_ROSE_URL" $ heroku run bash ~ $ env | grep 'HEROKU_POSTGRESQL_ROSE_URL\|DATABASE_URL' HEROKU_POSTGRESQL_ROSE_URL=postgres://u9dih9htu2t3ll:firstname.lastname@example.org:5482/db6h3bkfuk5430 DATABASE_URL=postgres://uf2782hv7b3uqe:email@example.com:5622/deamhhcj6q0d31 ~ $ bin/start-pgbouncer-stunnel env # filtered for brevity HEROKU_POSTGRESQL_ROSE_URL=postgres://u9dih9htu2t3ll:firstname.lastname@example.org:6000/db2 DATABASE_URL=postgres://uf2782hv7b3uqe:email@example.com:6000/db1
As of v0.3.2 of this buildpack, it is possible to use pgbouncer to connect to
multiple databases that share a database name, such as a leader and follower.
To use, add the follower's config var to
PGBOUNCER_URLS as detailed in the
Multiple Databases section.
If you are using Octopus
Replication to send reads to
a replica, make sure to include the color url of your leader in the
SLAVE_DISABLED_FOLLOWERS blacklist. Otherwise, Octopus will attempt to use
your leader as a read-only replica, potentially doubling your connection count.
PGBOUNCER_POOL_MODEDefault is transaction
PGBOUNCER_MAX_CLIENT_CONNDefault is 100
PGBOUNCER_DEFAULT_POOL_SIZEDefault is 1
PGBOUNCER_MIN_POOL_SIZEDefault is 0
PGBOUNCER_RESERVE_POOL_SIZEDefault is 1
PGBOUNCER_RESERVE_POOL_TIMEOUTDefault is 5.0 seconds
PGBOUNCER_SERVER_LIFETIMEDefault is 3600.0 seconds
PGBOUNCER_SERVER_IDLE_TIMEOUTDefault is 600.0 seconds
PGBOUNCER_URLSshould contain all config variables that will be overridden to connect to pgbouncer. For example, set this to
AMAZON_RDS_URLto send RDS connections through pgbouncer. The default is
PGBOUNCER_CONNECTION_RETRYDefault is no
PGBOUNCER_LOG_CONNECTIONSDefault is 1. If your app does not use persistent database connections, this may be noisy and should be set to 0.
PGBOUNCER_LOG_DISCONNECTIONSDefault is 1. If your app does not use persistent database connections, this may be noisy and should be set to 0.
PGBOUNCER_LOG_POOLER_ERRORSDefault is 1
PGBOUNCER_STATS_PERIODDefault is 60
PGBOUNCER_SERVER_RESET_QUERYDefault is empty when pool mode is transaction, and "DISCARD ALL;" when session.
PGBOUNCER_STUNNEL_LOGLEVELDefault is notice (5). Set this var to pass a syslog level name or number value to stunnel. This corresponds to the stunnel global configuration option called "debug".
ENABLE_STUNNEL_AMAZON_RDS_FIXDefault is unset. Set this var if you are connecting to an Amazon RDS instance of postgres. Adds
options = NO_TICKETwhich is documented to make stunnel work correctly after a dyno resumes from sleep. Otherwise, the dyno will lose connectivity to RDS.
PGBOUNCER_IGNORE_STARTUP_PARAMETERSAdds parameters to ignore when pgbouncer is starting. Some postgres libraries, like Go's pq, append this parameter, making it impossible to use this buildpack. Default is empty and the most common ignored parameter is
extra_float_digits. Multiple parameters can be seperated via commas. Example:
For more info, see CONTRIBUTING.md
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