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From: Bethany A(dot)Benzur <bethany(dot)benzur(at)oit(dot)gatech(dot)edu>
To: pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: pg_user does not exist
Date: 2004-02-18 00:01:31
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I have been running postgres for quite some time with this problem: 
whenever a user logs in or issues almost any command in the "psql" 
client, they get this error:

-bash-2.05b$ psql
ERROR:  Relation "pg_user" does not exist

postgres=> \l
ERROR:  Relation "pg_user" does not exist

postgres=> \dt
ERROR:  Relation "pg_user" does not exist


At first I thought it had something to do with my using ident 
authentication, but after some research it seems my "template1" 
database is corrupt and missing some pretty essential elements. If I 
could just build a new template1 or run initdb again, everything might 
be OK... but the problem here is that there isn't much I can do without 
being able to use pg_dump to export/backup my databases first!!

I even tried editing the initdb script and the postgres.bki file to 
only run certain parts of the init process, like creating the views and 
such... which DID eliminate the "pg_user does not exist" error, but 
also created big messes with the other databases (like creating 
multiple pg_database tables and erasing all other database's data). 
Oops! Luckily restoring was as easy as "mv data.bak data" . :)

So, before I spend any more time playing with the my customized initdb 
and postgres.bki, does anyone have any better ideas of how I might:

a) rebuild template1 to get to a point where I can pg_dump my 
databases, reinstall postgres or re-initdb, then import the databases
b) export the databases without having a pg_user view??

The server is running:
Redhat 8.0

I'm not even sure if I'm on the right track here, so any help is much 
Bethany A. Benzur
Computer Support Specialist IV
School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at Georgia Institute 
of Technology
phone: 404.894.7632
helpdesk: lcc-support(at)iac(dot)gatech(dot)edu


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