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FATAL: IDENT authentication failed for user "soAndso", quick fix

From: raulpdlr(at)gmail(dot)com
To: pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: FATAL: IDENT authentication failed for user "soAndso", quick fix
Date: 2006-06-16 21:55:00
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So what I have is a postgreSQL database and I was trying to connect to
it via a Python module (PyGreSQL) from the same machine.  I created a
table under the user 'postgres' called test_this.

When I started up the machine and logged on, I was the root.  When I
tried to do this:

psql -U postgres -d test_this

I got:

psql: FATAL:  IDENT authentication failed for user "postgres"

so I figured out I had to switch user and be postgres instead of root

su postgres

then, after issuing the same command:

psql -U postgres -d test_this

I had success.

By the way, the same goes if you're trying to access a table via a
Python module.  If the database (or table) is for a certain user, you
must be logged in as that user before you can access it with pg or

Hope that helps someone...

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