repmgr standby follow


repmgr standby follow -- attach a standby to a new primary


Attaches the standby to a new primary. This command requires a valid repmgr.conf file for the standby, either specified explicitly with -f/--config-file or located in a default location; no additional arguments are required.

This command will force a restart of the standby server, which must be running. It can only be used to attach an active standby to the current primary node (and not to another standby).

Tip: To re-add an inactive node to the replication cluster, use repmgr node rejoin.

repmgr standby follow will wait up to standby_follow_timeout seconds (default: 30) to verify the standby has actually connected to the new primary.


      $ repmgr -f /etc/repmgr.conf standby follow
      INFO: setting node 3's primary to node 2
      NOTICE: restarting server using "pg_ctl -l /var/log/postgres/startup.log -w -D '/var/lib/postgres/data' restart"
      waiting for server to shut down........ done
      server stopped
      waiting for server to start.... done
      server started
      NOTICE: STANDBY FOLLOW successful
      DETAIL: node 3 is now attached to node 2



Check prerequisites but don't actually follow a new standby.

Important: This does not guarantee the standby can follow the primary; in particular, whether the primary and standby timelines have diverged, can currently only be determined by actually attempting to attach the standby to the primary.


Wait for a primary to appear. repmgr will wait for up to primary_follow_timeout seconds (default: 60 seconds) to verify that the standby is following the new primary. This value can be defined in repmgr.conf.

Event notifications

A standby_follow event notification will be generated.

If provided, repmgr will substitute the placeholders %p with the node ID of the primary being followed, %c with its conninfo string, and %a with its node name.

See also

repmgr node rejoin