Problems installing PostgresQL on Debian 2.12 Testing
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You have a difficult problem. According to the book, such an error should be filed as a 'grave' bug report. OTOH, I think if there really was such a bug in a package of the stature of POSTGRESQL, it's unlikely that you are the 1st to discover it, and by now the developers should have been all over it.
I assume that you are getting the package from an official Debian repo, and that you haven't installed some peculiar program that owns a library which the Debian installer wants to overwrite.
Your problem seems to be in postgresql-common ... I think I would try apt-get install postgresql-common by itself, and see if you get a clearer error message.
Firstly thanks for helping me out, I need to get PostgreSQL up and running for a project I need to do to earn a pay rise so you'll understand I need to get this sorted!
I'm getting the packages from uk.debian.org which should be fairly reputable.
I don't think I have installed anything peculiar.
This is the error I'm getting when trying to install postgresql-common only:-
Unpacking postgresql-common (from .../postgresql-common_43_all.deb) ...
Setting up postgresql-common (43) ...
Creating generic self-signed certificate: /etc/postgresql-common/postgresql.crt
(replace with hand-crafted or authorized one if needed).
hostname: Unknown host
dpkg: error processing postgresql-common (--configure):
subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 1
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
I'm a relative Linux newcomer but my brother is quite experienced and this issue is perplexing him.
Somthing is wrong in your system, as opposed to POSTGRESQL. I've caught a lot of flak for making this suggestion before, but, is reinstalling Debian an option?
I know it's a pain, but it only takes a few hours, and at the rate you're going ...
After the base-config is done, your choices of which package groups to install include a database server ... That will install POSTGRESQL right on your brand new OS. I would say that's practically a guarantee to work.