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Can't start Postgres anymore

From: "George Younan" <georgesamb(at)hotmail(dot)com>
To: <pgsql-general(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Can't start Postgres anymore
Date: 2008-02-27 21:08:09
Message-ID: BLU128-DAV8A009346A277C17D2C8E8CF1A0@phx.gbl (view raw or flat)
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Hallo,

I have Postgres installed as a service on Windows xp pro. It has been working fine but suddenly i couldn't start it anymore. I looked in different forums for a similar problem but didn't find any solution sofar. So any help is very appreciated. one more thing to say is that i am a beginner with Postgres and don't have much administrative experience...
As i said above, i can't start my Postgres anymore. I always get the error message "could not connect to server: Connection refused (0x0000274D/10061)Is the server running on host "???" and accepting TCP/IP connections on port 5432?". 
I checked if the service is running, but it wasn't running. I tried to start ist but i couldn't. Doing this from the console i got the following error: "C:\Programme\PostgreSQL\8.1\bin>pg_ctl.exe runservice -N "pgsql-8.1" -D "C:\Programme\PostgreSQL\8.1\data\"
pg_ctl: could not start service "pgsql-8.1": error code 1063"

 I chekced postgres.conf and the configuration is as follows:
    # - Connection Settings -
    listen_addresses = 'localhost'        
    port = 5432
    max_connections = 100

The last log file is:
2008-02-08 07:40:38 LOG:  could not connect socket for statistics collector: Es konnte keine Verbindung hergestellt werden, da der Zielcomputer die Verbindung verweigerte.

 
2008-02-08 07:40:38 LOG:  disabling statistics collector for lack of working socket
2008-02-08 07:40:38 WARNING:  autovacuum not started because of misconfiguration
2008-02-08 07:40:38 HINT:  Enable options "stats_start_collector" and "stats_row_level".
2008-02-08 07:40:40 LOG:  database system was shut down at 2008-02-08 07:37:57 Westeuropäische Normalzeit
2008-02-08 07:40:40 LOG:  checkpoint record is at 0/45AE50
2008-02-08 07:40:40 LOG:  redo record is at 0/45AE50; undo record is at 0/0; shutdown TRUE
2008-02-08 07:40:40 LOG:  next transaction ID: 5100; next OID: 16515
2008-02-08 07:40:40 LOG:  next MultiXactId: 1; next MultiXactOffset: 0
2008-02-08 07:40:41 LOG:  database system is ready
2008-02-08 07:40:41 LOG:  transaction ID wrap limit is 2147484148, limited by database "postgres"



 I'm using Zonealarm firewall but Postgres is authorized on 127.0.0.1:5432. It's been working fine for the last month since installtion and i didn't change any configuration. I stopped both zonealarm and the windows firewall but still success, so i guess it's not a firewall problem.

 I tried to ping the server using "ping 127.0.0.1" which was successful.

 I tried to connect to the host with telnet using "telnet 127.0.0.1 5432" but i couldn't connect.

anyone has a suggestion what can i do to get it working again. I dont want to lose the data stored on it!

thanks in advance

George

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