Default variable details

Some of debops.postgresql default variables have more extensive configuration than simple strings or lists, here you can find documentation and examples for them.


By default the role installs the PostgreSQL version preferred by the APT package manager. This behaviour is influenced by how the PostgreSQL is packaged in Debian - each version has its own set of packages with the version as a suffix, and there's a set of metapackages which depend on the version available in the distribution (by default only 1 version is available).

Multiple PostgreSQL versions become available after enabling the upstream APT repository. To choose a different version than the default one, you need to set two variables in the inventory:

The value of this variable should be set as the version of the PostgreSQL you wish the role to manage (it does not influence the APT packages the role installs, but what version is used in different file/directory paths managed by the role, what features are enabled/disabled in the configuration, etc.).
This is a list of APT packages which will be used by the role to install PostgreSQL. By default, it contains the metapackages which install the highest available version of PostgreSQL packages. To select a different version, you need to change the list of packages.

For example, to install PostgreSQL 9.3 instead of the default available version, in inventory you need to define:

postgresql__upstream: True
postgresql__preferred_version: '9.3'
postgresql__base_packages: [ 'postgresql-client-9.3' ]

Remember that role does not support management of multiple PostgreSQL versions at the same time. The above variables should be defined in the inventory at all times, otherwise role might revert to the default PostgreSQL packages and version, and break your installation. This also is true for server upgrades. The preferred way to make an upgrade is to configure a new database server with desired PostgreSQL version and move the database to it.

You might also need to set similar set of variables for the debops.postgresql_server role to keep both of the roles in sync. Refer to its documentation for details.


This list defines what entries will be set in /etc/postgresql-common/user_clusters configuration file. It is used by pg_wrapper in Debian to direct PostgreSQL-related commands to correct clusters. DebOps uses the default entry to redirect PostgrSQL-related commands like psql to either local or remote PostgreSQL server.

Each entry is defined by a YAML dict. Supported parameters:

Required. String or list with UNIX account usernames to include in a given entry. You can specify * to use any user account.
Required. String or list with UNIX group names to include in a given entry. You can specify * to use any group.
Optional. Specify PostgreSQL version to use for a given entry. If not defined, default PostgreSQL detected by the role will be used.
Optional. Specify name of the cluster to direct the commands to. If not specified, main cluster will be used.
Optional. IP address or hostname of the server the PostgreSQL database is stored as. Requires port to be specified as well. Replaces cluster.
Optional. TCP port to connect to as the PostgreSQL server. Requires host to be specified as well. Replaces cluster.
Required. Name of the database to connect to by default. If * is specified, users will connect to the database with the same name as their UNIX account.


PostgreSQL uses "roles" as database accounts as well as groups. Roles can have certain permissions granted to them by the server which allow access to database objects. This list can be used to create roles on a PostgreSQL server, each role is defined as a YAML dictionary.

role or name
Required. Name of a given role.
Optional. By default roles are created on the local or remote PostgreSQL server's default cluster (5432). You can specify a different port to change the cluster which will be used.
Optional. Specify password for a given PostgreSQL role. If not set, a random password will be generated and stored in secret/ directory. See debops.secret role for more details.
Optional, bool. Specify if a given password is already encrypted or not.
Optional. Specify password expiration date as a PostgreSQL timestamp value.
Optional. YAML list of role attribute flags which should be applied to a given PostgreSQL role. Choices: [NO]SUPERUSER, [NO]CREATEROLE, [NO]CREATEUSER, [NO]CREATEDB, [NO]INHERIT, [NO]LOGIN, [NO]REPLICATION.

If a given role should manage a particular database, you can specify additional parameters:

Name of the database to manage. Only one database can be configured in a role entry at a time.
YAML list of privileges to grant for a given role to specified database. List will be joined using / character into one privilege string.


Create a PostgreSQL role:

  - name: 'alpha'

Create a role and grant specific attribute flags:

  - name: 'beta'
    flags: [ 'NOLOGIN' ]

Create a role and grant privileges to a particular database:

  - name: 'gamma'
    db: 'gamma'
    priv: [ 'CONNECT', 'table1:ALL' ]


Access to one or more PostgreSQL roles can be granted to other roles; that way an application role and database role can have different set of privileges. This list can be used to define these "groups" automatically. Recognized parameters:

Required. List of roles which will be granted access to specified "groups".
Required. List of role "groups" to grant access to.
Required. Name of the database on which to grant privileges.
Optional. By default roles are managed on the local or remote PostgreSQL server's default cluster (5432). You can specify a different port to change the cluster which will be used.


Grant membership to other roles:

  - roles:  [ 'alpha', 'beta' ]
    groups: [ 'gamma' ]
    database: 'gamma'


List of PostgreSQL databases to create or manage on a PostgreSQL server. Known parameters:

database or name
Required. Database name.

Optional. Specifies the PostgreSQL role which will be an owner of a particular database. If not specified, database will be owned by PostgreSQL superuser role, usually postgres.

If owner is specified, given role will be granted all privileges to the database and will have grant option enabled for a given database.

Optional. Specify name of the database which will be used as the template for new database.
Optional. Default encoding used by a given database.


Create database owned by a specified role:

  - name: 'gamma'
    owner: 'gamma'


List of YAML dictionaries that specify what extensions to enable or disable in a PostgreSQL database. Each dictionary can configure one extension at a time. Known parameters:

Required. Name of the database to configure, it needs to be an existing database.
Required. Name of the PostgreSQL extension to configure.
Optional. The PostgreSQL cluster port number. If not specified, the default postgresql__port will be used automatically.
Optional. Either present or absent. If not specified or present, the extension will be enabled for a given database; if absent, the extension will be disabled.


Add a custom extansion to a database:

  - database: 'gamma'
    extension: 'pg_trgm'


The ~/.pgpass configuration file is used to store usernames and passwords used to login to local or remote PostgreSQL databases. Using this list you can configure entries for different servers on UNIX accounts. If an account or group is not present, it will be created automatically.

Each entry is defined by a YAML dictionary. Recognized parameters:

Required. Specify name of the UNIX account that should be configured to access PostgreSQL databases. If that account doesn't exist, it will be created automatically as a local account.
Optional. Specify default group to use for a UNIX account. If it doesn't exist, it will be created as a local group. If it's not specified, a group with the same name as owner will be created automatically.
Optional. If True (default), created local accounts will be "system" accounts with UID < 1000. If False, created accounts and groups will be "normal" accounts and groups.
Specify home directory of created UNIX account. If not specified, parameter will be omitted (not changed if account is already present).
Optional. Specify IP address or FQDN hostname of the server that you want to configure. If not specified, default server will be guessed automatically from postgresql__server variable.
Optional. Specofy default TCP port to use for PostgreSQL server entry. If not specified, postgresql__port value will be used instead.
Optional. Specify name of the database that should be covered by a given entry. If not specified, * will be used which means any database.
Optional. Specify PostgreSQL role covered by a given entry. If not specified, owner will be used by default.
Optional. Specify cleartext password which should be used with a given entry. If not specified, password will be pulled from secret/ directory managed by debops.secret Ansible role.


Create ~/.pgpass entry for a role with any database:

  - owner: 'alpha'

Create ~/.pgpass entry for a specific database:

  - owner: 'gamma'
    database: 'gamma'