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From: David Bear <David(dot)Bear(at)asu(dot)edu>
To: pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: new install starting backend
Date: 2004-08-17 23:23:02
Message-ID: 20040817232302.GG2187@asu.edu (view raw or flat)
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I installed postgres from the freebsd ports collection.

Then, after doing the initdb, I tried to run the backend as the
postgres user, ie while su'ed as pgsql. I was prompt for a password.
Since I had not change and pg_hba.conf settings, nor set a password
during the initdb phase, I was surprised by this.

When I su'ed back to root, I was able to run the startup script the
package had put in /usr/local/etc/rc.d.  But, this contradicts:

http://www.postgresql.org/docs/7.4/static/postmaster-start.html

 Different systems have different conventions for starting up daemons
 at boot time. Many systems have a file /etc/rc.local or
 /etc/rc.d/rc.local. Others use rc.d directories. Whatever you do, the
 server must be run by the PostgreSQL user account and not by root or
 any other user. Therefore you probably should form your commands
 using su -c '...' postgres. For example:

I did check ps ax and found 

pgsql 39212  0.0  0.4  6292 4376  ??  I     4:15PM   0:00.00
postmaster: stats
pgsql 39210  0.0  0.4  7280 4384  ??  I     4:15PM   0:00.00
postmaster: stats
pgsql 39206  0.0  0.4 15532 4460  ??  Is    4:15PM   0:00.02
/usr/local/bin/pos

which indicates the postmaster is running as the postgresql superuser.
So far, all seems okay, but I wanted to check to make sure this looked
okay.  any comments?

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