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Old 01-07-2008, 10:06 AM   #1
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Fedora and Postgresql

I installed Fedora 8 and then intalled Postgresql 8.2.5. Initially, the service did not start However, according to the error message, I ran the command service postgresql initdb. The service started. But I cannot login the server using pgAdmin due to incorrect password.

During the installation process, there was no question for postgresql role to be created. Would anyone know the problem advise me that:

1. There is a default role installed, kindly advise the default role and password.

2. If I need to create a role, kindly advise how as I tried psql and service postgresql without success.

3. There should be setup of the first role during installation, kindly advise how can I do it. At my current situation, do I uninstall Postgresql and reinstall again to let the installation ask me the first role setup.

Thanks you very much in advance.

Colin Chiang
Old 01-07-2008, 03:38 PM   #2
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It depends on how you installed postgresql. If you used an rpm then it will usually make a postgres user. If you installed from source then you need to make a postgres user. So cat the /etc/passwd file and look for a user named postgres. If its not there make one. Then use su to change to the postgres user. For more information take a look at


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