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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2007

    Question Unanswered: database sync tools

    I find myself in the interesting position of supporting development on a postgres db and php for a small group of developers. I am trying to support dev, staging, and live databases, and have run into some issues that should be easier to deal with then I have seen so far.

    The developers are making full use of functions, views, datatypes, etc. I have been using EMS Database comparer (Because I have not found anything better yet.) to move schema changes from dev to staging and from staging to live. I use another tool to move data when needed. This process can take hours and leaves lots of room for error.

    So my initial questions are:
    1: is there a better way to do this, and if so how?
    2: Are there better tools for this (prefer OS X native, but not against windows inside parallels)?
    3: am I completely off my nut?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Provided Answers: 23
    DB-Schema changes should not be taken by diff'ing two installations. The developers should commit the scripts necessary to upgrade a database into a version control system.. Staging and live are then upgraded by applying the scripts retrieved from the version control system.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    I should have thought of that, Thanks!
    I need to tweak my head to think of schemas as source like any other source that needs to be in a source control system.


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