This page gives a quick overview of what Bucardo is and how it works. Please consult the Bucardo page and the rest of the wiki for more details, and be sure and read the Frequently Asked Questions page.
Bucardo is at its heart a Perl daemon that listens for NOTIFY requests and acts on them, by connecting to remote databases and copying data back and forth. All the specific information that the daemon needs is stored in the main bucardo database, including a list of all the databases involved in the replication and how to reach them, all the tables that are to be replicated, and how each is to be replicated.
The first step in running Bucardo is to add two or more databases to the main bucardo database. Once this is done, information on which tables are to be replicated are added, as well as any groupings of tables. Then the syncs are added. Syncs are named replication actions, copying a specific set of tables from one server to another server or group of servers.
Once Bucardo has been set up, triggers begin storing information about which rows were changed in all the tables of interest. For a swap sync (multi-source), the process goes like this:
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