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Progress bar for Postgres queries โ€“ let's dive deeper

Recently, I have read a nice post titled "Query Progress Bar", by Brian Davis. It describes an interesting approach to observing the progress of slow query execution.

At some point, the author mentions:

Don't use this in prod.

And I agree. The article discusses long-running queries such as SELECTs, UPDATEs, DELETEs, and quite "invasive" methods of progress monitoring. In an OLTP production scenario, in most cases, we should try to limit the duration of such queries, setting statement_timeout to a very low value โ€“ such as 30 or even 15 seconds.

Let's dive deeper into the topic of query progress monitoring, and discuss various types of queries, how to monitor their progress, considering production and non-production environments separately.