Re: "pg_ctl: cannot be run as root"

From: Thomas Pundt <mlists(at)rp-online(dot)de>
To: pgsql-general(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: "pg_ctl: cannot be run as root"
Date: 2008-02-04 12:51:44
Message-ID: 200802041351.44864.mlists@rp-online.de
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Hi,

On Montag, 4. Februar 2008, Stefan Schwarzer wrote:
| I installed postgres without creating another postres user/admin than
| myself, as there is no other user on my machine and it's only for
| testing purposes.
|
| But strange enough, I only can start the postgres server from time to
| time, normally when I have freshly restarted the machine. Now for
| example, I did some changes to the postgresql.conf file, and when
| trying to restart the postgres server, I get this:
|
| gridmac7:~ schwarzer$ sudo /opt/local/lib/postgresql82/bin/pg_ctl -D
| Documents/data_postgres -l logfile start
| pg_ctl: cannot be run as root
| Please log in (using, e.g., "su") as the (unprivileged) user that will
| own the server process.
|
|
| What is this? Thanks for any advice,

PostgreSQL cannot be run as user root (that's what sudo is for). If you don't
have a seperate account for PostgreSQL, run it under your account (ie without
the "sudo").

Ciao,
Thomas

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