barman-cloud-check-wal-archive - Man Page

Check a WAL archive destination for a new PostgreSQL cluster



barman-cloud-check-wal-archive [Options] SOURCE_URL SERVER_NAME


Check that the WAL archive destination for SERVER_NAME is safe to use for a new PostgreSQL cluster. With no optional args (the default) this check will pass if the WAL archive is empty or if the target bucket cannot be found. All other conditions will result in failure.

This script and Barman are administration tools for disaster recovery of PostgreSQL servers written in Python and maintained by EnterpriseDB.

Positional Arguments


URL of the cloud source, such as a bucket in AWS S3. For example: s3://BUCKET_NAME/path/to/folder (where BUCKET_NAME is the bucket you have created in AWS).


the name of the server as configured in Barman.


-h, –help

show a help message and exit

-V, –version

show program's version number and exit

-v, –verbose

increase output verbosity (e.g., -vv is more than -v)

-q, –quiet

decrease output verbosity (e.g., -qq is less than -q)

-t, –test

test connectivity to the cloud destination and exit


A positive integer specifying the earliest timeline for which associated WALs should cause the check to fail. The check will pass if all WAL content in the archive relates to earlier timelines. If any WAL files are on this timeline or greater then the check will fail.

–cloud-provider {aws-s3,azure-blob-storage,google-cloud-storage}

the cloud provider to which the backup should be uploaded

-P, –profile

profile name (e.g. INI section in AWS credentials file)


override the default S3 URL construction mechanism by specifying an endpoint.

–credential {azure-cli,managed-identity}

optionally specify the type of credential to use when authenticating with Azure Blob Storage. If omitted then the credential will be obtained from the environment. If no credentials can be found in the environment then the default Azure authentication flow will be used.


For Boto:

For AWS:

For Azure Blob Storage:

For Google Cloud Storage: * Credentials:

Only authentication with GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS env is supported at the moment.


If using --cloud-provider=aws-s3:

If using --cloud-provider=azure-blob-storage:

If using --cloud-provider=google-cloud-storage * google-cloud-storage

Exit Status






The connection to the cloud provider failed


There was an error in the command input

Other non-zero codes

Error running the check


Barman has been extensively tested, and is currently being used in several production environments. However, we cannot exclude the presence of bugs.

Any bug can be reported via the Github issue tracker.



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June 27, 2022 Barman User manuals Version