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I want to restore a database of postgreSQL, but before do it i need to empty the restore target database.

Is there an option of psql to do it ?

Now i use a command line as the following :

psql -U postgres db_test < testdb.sql
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There are two options here - if your backup is plain text then you add the -c option to pg_dump - ie

pg_dump -c mydb > mydb.sql

Otherwise if your using -Fc or -Ft on pg_dump then you use the -c flag on pg_restore

pg_dump -Ft -b mydb > db.tar

pg_restore -c -d newdb db.tar

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Assuming you're talking about restoring from a pg_dump backup the answer is "it depends on how the backup was made", but typically yes: You must empty the database before restoring the backup.

The fastest way to empty out a database in Postgres is to drop and re-create the database (you'll probably need superuser privileges for that), otherwise you have to manually drop each table and any stored procedures you may have (CASCADE is your friend here).

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is there a way of do a backup with pg_dump that when i restore it, first erase the destination db and then restore the data ? Thanks –  aleroot Aug 31 '10 at 20:44

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