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Old 10-28-2004, 04:53 AM   #1
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PostgreSQL on Mandrake 10.1

Hi there,

I've never used Linux or postgreSQL before and I am trying to get it up and running for a college project. Basically, I've installed Mandrake 10.1 and during set up I individually choose packages and made sure everything relating to PostGreSQL 7.4 was installed with it.

According to the PostgreSQL documentation, I need to set a folder where the databases are stored and this is where the template1 database will be stored. In the documentation it says /usr/local/pgsql/data. This folder did not exist on my installation so I created it and set this folder without error.

When I try to start the server with the following command "postmaster -D /usr/local/pgsql/data" it gives me a FATAL ERROR. Apologies for not having the exact error as I'm not at my Linux PC at the moment.

Has anyone setup PostgreSQL after installing it as part of Mandrake 10.1? If so, can you tell me what I need to do after the default installation to get the PostgreSQL server up and running? Is it that I need to set a different path to store the databases on Mandrake 10.1?

Old 11-19-2004, 05:57 AM   #2
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are you running postmaster as "root"? Try changing it to an underprivileged user and try again. By the way, shouldn't you be able to start postmaster from the Service Control tool.


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