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Re: postgres user password: Log on failure

From: "Igor Neyman" <ineyman(at)perceptron(dot)com>
To: <dario(dot)ber(at)libero(dot)it>,<pgsql-general(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: postgres user password: Log on failure
Date: 2010-06-28 19:58:58
Message-ID: F4C27E77F7A33E4CA98C19A9DC6722A2062AD78B@EXCHANGE.corp.perceptron.com (view raw or flat)
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: dario(dot)ber(at)libero(dot)it [mailto:dario(dot)ber(at)libero(dot)it] 
> Sent: Monday, June 28, 2010 11:41 AM
> To: pgsql-general(at)postgresql(dot)org
> Subject: postgres user password: Log on failure
> 
> Hello,
> 
> I'm on Windows XP with postgresql 8.4 installed by 
> postgresql-8.4.4-1-windows.
> exe with essentially default settings (only the path to the 
> data dir was changed from default).
> 
> I realized that sometimes (not always!) the server cannot 
> start when I reboot my machine (I get error messages on the 
> line of  "Log on failure: Only an unprivileged user can start 
> the server"; Error 1063; Error 1069). 
> 
> It appears that the postgres user sometimes tries to log on 
> with a wrong password (or no password?) so that I have to go 
> to Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Services -> 
> PostgreSQL -> Properties and retype the correct password.
> 
> I would like to ask...
> - Why does this happen? (I have installed postgresql a few 
> times on different machines and this is the first time I see 
> this behavior)
> - Why is the postgres password wrong/missing sometimes but 
> not every time I reboot?
> 
> Many thanks for any explanation
> (Hopefully others will benefit from it... I spent quite some 
> time to find out out to fix this "log on failure").
> 
> Dario
> 
> 
> 

Does this XP has a policy set up, that requires every login to change
it's password every so often (say 30 days, or whatever)?
If so, exclude postgres account from this policy.

Regards,
Igor Neyman

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