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Re: Postgres - more questions (was: Re: [Postgres] initdb - does itever finish?!?)

On Sat, Sep 07, 2002 at 11:21:49AM +0200, wrote:
> On 06 Sep 2002, wrote:
> > Thanks for the advice, it works fine now (as far as I have taken
> > it).
> From pg_ctl I get output like this:
> $ pg_ctl stop  
> pg_ctl: no database directory or environment variable $PGDATA is 
> specified
> Try 'pg_ctl --help' for more information.
> and yet:
> $ echo $PGDATA   
> /cygdrive/k/pgsql/data
> Huh?!?

Did you export PGDATA?

> More worryingly:
> $ pg_ctl stop -D /cygdrive/k/pgsql/data
> waiting for postmaster to shut 
> down............................................................
> .... failed
> pg_ctl: postmaster does not shut down

Works for me:

    $ pg_ctl stop -D /usr/share/postgresql/data
    waiting for postmaster to shut down......done
    postmaster successfully shut down

> I had to use 
> kill -9 `head -1 /usr/local/pgsql/data/`
> in the end (/usr/local/pgsql being a symlink to my data area).

Never "kill -9" the postmaster -- use "kill 15" instead.

> I see a similar report to the latter problem in the archives 
> ( but 

The above is unrelated...

> suggests it was fixed (over a year ago).

and has been fixed.

> I forgot to ask before, btw - is there a recommended method of 
> running it on W9x? The docs generally recommend starting it as 
> user "postgres". Is it best to just add an entry to /etc/passwd 
> (AIUI "mkpasswd" is not supported on W9x)? I am thinking of 
> something like "postgres::42:99:::".

Sorry, I don't do the 9x/Me thing.  I suggest trying -- someone there may be able to help.


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