Yeah, I didn't realize that contrib source is in regular source download, nor did I notice that Synaptic was installing its own version of PG. The bulb wasn't lit. In all, I think I should have had two installs of PG; the one I built from source way back when (and stored out of standard location), and this one. It did, in fact build the standard version. The only reason I noticed was the perpetual error message about being unable to start PG due to some "server.key" not being found whenever the repository refreshed my machine. I figure that it should be able to start the one it built.
I just did a complete removal, and my home brew PG still works fine. I'll worry about adding contrib modules later.
---- Original message ----
>Date: Fri, 01 Jul 2011 07:20:24 +0800
>From: Craig Ringer <craig(at)postnewspapers(dot)com(dot)au>
>Subject: Re: [GENERAL] Contrib source
>On 07/01/2011 12:48 AM, gnuoytr(at)rcn(dot)com wrote:
>> I just got wholly confused. Synaptic makes it appear that *contrib is a separate entity. And the source isn't in a src subdirectory, but in the contrib directory directly.
>Debian, like most distros, produces several binary packages from a
>single source package, so you can only install parts of it if you want.
>It sounds like you installed the binary package for the contrib modules,
>rather than downloading the source code.
>If you'd used "apt-get source postgresql-8.4-contrib" (or whatever the
>package name is) you would've found that the source package it
>downloaded was just "postgresql-8.4".
>If you "apt-cache show postgresql-8.4-contrib" you'll see that the
>source package line will just show "postgresql-8.4" or something like
>that, and will be the same for most of the other packages like the
>client and server binary packages.
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