- You just rebooted and suddenly PostgreSQL isn’t responding
- Restarting postgres fails due to a “Your data files are incompatible with the current version of Postgres” error.
There’s a utility that comes with Postgres named
pg_upgrade which should sort you out. In order to work it you’ll need to create and initialize a new postgres data directory and then call
pg_upgrade and pass it paths for the old binaries, new binaries, old data directory, and new data directory. Read the script below for an example.