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Re: postmaster will not start with stale lockfile but not report why

From: Lee Kindness <lkindness(at)csl(dot)co(dot)uk>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>, Lamar Owen <lamar(dot)owen(at)wgcr(dot)org>
Cc: Rudolf Potucek <potucek(at)ucalgary(dot)ca>, pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org,pgsql-ports(at)postgresql(dot)org, Lee Kindness <lkindness(at)csl(dot)co(dot)uk>
Subject: Re: postmaster will not start with stale lockfile but not report why
Date: 2002-10-07 15:17:54
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A pet annoyance with the Linux RPMs... They are shipped with syslog
enabled and postmaster sdtout/stderr redirected to /dev/null. So
unless the user specifically sets up the needed info in
/etc/syslog.conf then they never hear a squeak from PostgreSQL!

I'm by no means an RPM expert, but judging by the installation of
other packages this hopefully can be handled automatically. A suitable
/etc/logrotate.d/postgresql file could be in the RPM and In the
post-install script the following rough steps would take place:

 1. Check if /var/log/postgresql is in /etc/syslog.conf, if not add

  local0.*	/var/log/postgresql

 2. Restart syslogd:

  /etc/init.d/syslog restart

Obviously there is the added issue of cross distribution file
locations (I'm coming from a Redhat perspective here) - what does the
LSB/FSH say about syslog.conf and logrotate files? Guess i need to

Lamar, would this be easy to do for the RPMs? If you could point me in
the right direction I could take a look...

Thanks, Lee Kindness.

Tom Lane writes:
 > Rudolf Potucek <potucek(at)ucalgary(dot)ca> writes:
 > > Oct  4 14:05:45 antimony3 postgresql: Starting postgresql service:
 > > failed
 > > Maybe, just maybe, it would be nice if the server croaked a bit more
 > > vebously?
 > The postmaster croaks as verbosely as it can.  I'll bet lunch that your
 > system's startup script is redirecting the postmaster's stderr to
 > /dev/null (or using the -S switch which has the same effect).  If so,
 > we are not the people to complain to ...
 > 			regards, tom lane
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