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Re: BUG #2611: 2 instalation probs: invalid directory and user account creation

From: "Magnus Hagander" <mha(at)sollentuna(dot)net>
To: <paul(dot)suckling(at)crmm(dot)umh(dot)ac(dot)be>
Cc: <pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: BUG #2611: 2 instalation probs: invalid directory and user account creation
Date: 2006-09-11 08:57:32
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> >> Problem 1)
> >>
> >> During installation I chose to install the software to
> >>
> >> C:\PostgreSQL\8.1\
> >>
> >> I have ActivePerl installed (5.8.7), and at the "Enable
> procedural
> >> languages" step I selected both "PL/pgsql" and "PL/perl".
> >>
> >> I got to the installing step, and everything was progressing
> fine.
> >> Just before the "Installation complete" window, I encountered a
> >> couple of error messages telling me that it couldn't find
> certain
> >> perl related files at under C:\Program Files\PostgreSQL\8.1\ or
> >> something similar.
> >
> > We'll need the complete error message to help you with that.
> Is there a log file somewhere? I'd have to reinstall postgreSQL to
> get the message, but I can't do that today.

Not unless you specifically enable installation logging.

> >> However, when I log off windows, it doesn't appear on the log on
> >> screen.
> >> Furthermore, when I investigate "User Accounts" from the control
> >> panel, it doesn't exist there either. I cannot therefore log
> onto the
> >> account, nor delete the account. If I try to create an account
> with
> >> the same name, it tells me that one already exists.
> >
> > Is this by any chance XP home?
> > Anyway, try runnin "net user" and see if it shows up there. It's
> > probably the GUI doing filtering.
> Yes. It is XP home.
> I found that by signing into an administrator account and going to
> Control Panel > User Accounts
> selecting "Change the way users log on or off"
> and un-checking "Use the Welcome screen", I am presented with a
> classic logon prompt where I can enter the username and password of
> the account created by the postgreSQL install and log on to that
> account.
> I guess that the fact the account + username doesn't appear on the
> welcome screen is a security feature enabled by the postgreSQL
> install, or something similar. Maybe the documentaion/FAQ could be
> updated to mention this behaviour?

Not necessarily a security feature, but a convenience feature. Service
accounts are for services and not for logging on, so it's common
practice not to have them show up on the login screen.


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