Amazon Redshift
Database Developer Guide (API Version 2012-12-01)


Cancels a query. PG_CANCEL_BACKEND is functionally equivalent to the CANCEL command. You can cancel queries currently being run by your user. Superusers can cancel any query.


pg_cancel_backend( pid )



The process ID (PID) of the query to be canceled. You cannot cancel a query by specifying a query ID; you must specify the query's process ID. Requires an integer value.

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Usage Notes

If queries in multiple sessions hold locks on the same table, you can use the PG_TERMINATE_BACKEND function to terminate one of the sessions, which forces any currently running transactions in the terminated session to release all locks and roll back the transaction. Query the STV_LOCKS system table to view currently held locks. If you cannot cancel a query because it is in transaction block (BEGIN … END), you can terminate the session in which the query is running by using the PG_TERMINATE_BACKEND function.


To cancel a currently running query, first retrieve the process ID for the query that you want to cancel. To determine the process IDs for all currently running queries, execute the following command:

select pid, trim(starttime) as start, duration, trim(user_name) as user, substring (query,1,40) as querytxt from stv_recents where status = 'Running'; pid | starttime | duration | user | querytxt -----+------------------------+----------+----------+-------------------------- 802 | 2013-10-14 09:19:03.55 | 132 | dwuser | select venuename from venue 834 | 2013-10-14 08:33:49.47 | 1250414 | dwuser | select * from listing; 964 | 2013-10-14 08:30:43.29 | 326179 | dwuser | select sellerid from sales

The following statement cancels the query with process ID 802:

select pg_cancel_backend(802);