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pg_passwd -- change a secondary PostgreSQL password file


pg_passwd filename


pg_passwd is a tool for manipulating flat text password files. These files can control client authentication of the PostgreSQL server. More information about setting up this authentication mechanism can be found in the Administrator's Guide.

The format of a text password file is one entry per line; the fields of each entry are separated by colons. The first field is the user name, the second field is the encrypted password. Other fields are ignored (to allow password files to be shared between applications that use similar formats). pg_passwd enables users to interactively add entries to such a file, to alter passwords of existing entries, and to encrypt such passwords.

Supply the name of the password file as argument to the pg_passwd command. To be used by PostgreSQL, the file needs to be located in the server's data directory, and the base name of the file needs to be specified in the pg_hba.conf access control file.

$ pg_passwd /usr/local/pgsql/data/passwords
File "/usr/local/pgsql/data/passwords" does not exist.  Create? (y/n): y
Username: guest
Re-enter password:

where the Password: and Re-enter password: prompts require the same password input which is not displayed on the terminal. Note that the password is limited to eight useful characters by restrictions of the standard crypt(3) library routine.

The original password file is renamed to passwords.bk.

To make use of this password file, put a line like the following in pg_hba.conf:

host  mydb password passwords

which would allow access to database mydb from host using the passwords listed in the passwords file (and only to the users listed in that file).

Note: It is also useful to have entries in a password file with empty password fields. (This is different from an empty password.) Such entries allow you to restrict users who can access the system. These entries cannot be managed by pg_passwd, but you can edit password files manually.

See also

PostgreSQL Administrator's Guide