Postgres, pq, pgbouncer, and prepared statements

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I’m using:

  • Temporal 1.17.1
  • postgres 10
  • pgbouncer 1.11.0

Upon using temporal-sql-tool and temporal-server, I was seeing error messages in stdout and logging reporting: pq: unnamed prepared statement does not exist.

Searches revealed this error is apparently caused by pgbouncer being upset over the use of plaintext parameters to prepared statements. The solution is to instruct pq to use binary parameters.


set SQL_CONNECT_ATTRIBUTES="binary_parameters=yes" or supply --connect-attributes "binary_parameters=yes"


          # required to allow pq driver to make prepared statements via pgbouncer
          binary_parameters: "yes"

So far this parameter seems to be well-tolerated by the various temporal services.

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