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From: Tim Clark <mudiver1200(at)yahoo(dot)com>
To: pgadmin-support(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Server not listening
Date: 2009-11-28 23:27:45
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I am new to postgresql and am having problems connecting to the server. I am wanting to run PostGIS but can't seem to get PostregSQL to work. I just installed the latest version (8.4) on a Dell Inspiron 5150 running Windows XP Service Pack 3.  I am following the tutorial at:
"Getting Started With PostGIS: An almost Idiot's Guide"

I started pgAdmin III and double clicked on the server "PostgreSQL 8.4(localhost:5432).  I gave my password and got the message:

Server doesn't listen
The server doesn't accept connections: the connection library reports 
could not connect to server: Connection refused (0x0000274D/10061) Is the server running on host "" and accepting TCP/IP connections on port 5432? 

I have read a couple other threads about this problem and I think I have narrowed down my problem to the port 5432 connection.  I turned off Windows firewall, and typed "ping" at the command prompt.  The ping worked.  I then tried "telnet 5432" at the command prompt and received "could not open connection to the host, on port 5432: Connect failed".

My postresql.conf file has listen address set to "*" and port set to 5432.

I am a biologist, not a computer expert, and have no idea how to get port 5432 to work.  I would appreciate any help or suggestions you could provide. 



Tim Clark
Department of Zoology 
University of Hawaii



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