I have a PostGIS installation running on an old computer that I'd like to move. I spent a bunch of time playing with pg_dump and pg_dumpall without success. It seems the normal dump procedures don't work with PostGIS because file paths get hard coded in the output from pg_dump. Any suggestions on how to move PostGIS installation to a new installation of PostgreSQL?

  • I fail to see how "Using a schema other than public" is related to this question. Apr 29, 2020 at 19:54

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I'd suggest moving all your data tables into a schema, then dumping just that schema. then you can easily restore not only on a different computer, but into different versions of PostGIS and PostgreSQL.

Storing your data in a schema other than "public" is a Best Practice.


This post http://traviscline.com/blog/2010/04/28/moving-postgis-databases-between-machines/ seems to indicate that pg_dump -Fc is what you want.

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