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NAME

       ALTER_SYSTEM - change a server configuration parameter

SYNOPSIS

       ALTER SYSTEM SET configuration_parameter { TO | = } { value | 'value' | DEFAULT }

       ALTER SYSTEM RESET configuration_parameter
       ALTER SYSTEM RESET ALL

DESCRIPTION

       ALTER SYSTEM is used for changing server configuration parameters across the entire
       database cluster. It can be more convenient than the traditional method of manually
       editing the postgresql.conf file.  ALTER SYSTEM writes the given parameter setting to the
       postgresql.auto.conf file, which is read in addition to postgresql.conf. Setting a
       parameter to DEFAULT, or using the RESET variant, removes that configuration entry from
       the postgresql.auto.conf file. Use RESET ALL to remove all such configuration entries.

       Values set with ALTER SYSTEM will be effective after the next server configuration reload
       (SIGHUP or pg_ctl reload), or after the next server restart in the case of parameters that
       can only be changed at server start.

       Only superusers can use ALTER SYSTEM. Also, since this command acts directly on the file
       system and cannot be rolled back, it is not allowed inside a transaction block or
       function.

PARAMETERS

       configuration_parameter
           Name of a settable configuration parameter. Available parameters are documented in
           Chapter 18, Server Configuration, in the documentation.

       value
           New value of the parameter. Values can be specified as string constants, identifiers,
           numbers, or comma-separated lists of these, as appropriate for the particular
           parameter.  DEFAULT can be written to specify removing the parameter and its value
           from postgresql.auto.conf.

NOTES

       This command can't be used to set data_directory, nor parameters that are not allowed in
       postgresql.conf (e.g., preset options).

       See Section 18.1, “Setting Parameters”, in the documentation for other ways to set the
       parameters.

EXAMPLES

       Set the wal_level:

           ALTER SYSTEM SET wal_level = hot_standby;

       Undo that, restoring whatever setting was effective in postgresql.conf:

           ALTER SYSTEM RESET wal_level;

COMPATIBILITY

       The ALTER SYSTEM statement is a PostgreSQL extension.

SEE ALSO

       SET(7), SHOW(7)