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Re: BUG #3736: server cannot listen

From: Douglas Toltzman <doug(at)oakstreetsoftware(dot)com>
To: "Derek" <derek(dot)hopkins(at)nisc(dot)coop>
Cc: pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: BUG #3736: server cannot listen
Date: 2007-11-09 16:53:57
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Have you checked your PostgreSQL configuration?  Have you checked  
your firewall?  Did you read the last line of the text you posted,  
where it says "Please check this thoroughly before reporting a bug to  
the PostgreSQL community" ?

I give kudos to the support team for being very tolerant and  
patient.  Please don't blame them for my saying this is probably a  
system configuration error, and if you had bothered to read the  
message, or the installation guide, you would not be reporting a bug.

On Nov 9, 2007, at 4:18 PM, Derek wrote:

> The following bug has been logged online:
> Bug reference:      3736
> Logged by:          Derek
> Email address:      derek(dot)hopkins(at)nisc(dot)coop
> PostgreSQL version: 8.1.10
> Operating system:   Windows XP Professional
> Description:        server cannot listen
> Details:
> when i try to connect to the postgreSQL database i get this error  
> 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?
> If you encounter this message, please check if the server you're  
> trying to
> contact is actually running PostgreSQL on the given port. Test if  
> you have
> network connectivity from your client to the server host using ping or
> equivalent tools. Is your network / VPN / SSH tunnel / firewall  
> configured
> correctly?
> For security reasons, PostgreSQL does not listen on all available IP
> addresses on the server machine initially. In order to access the  
> server
> over the network, you need to enable listening on the address first.
> For PostgreSQL servers starting with version 8.0, this is  
> controlled using
> the "listen_addresses" parameter in the postgresql.conf file. Here,  
> you can
> enter a list of IP addresses the server should listen on, or simply  
> use '*'
> to listen on all available IP addresses. For earlier servers  
> (Version 7.3 or
> 7.4), you'll need to set the "tcpip_socket" parameter to 'true'.
> You can use the postgresql.conf editor that is built into pgAdmin  
> III to
> edit the postgresql.conf configuration file. After changing this  
> file, you
> need to restart the server process to make the setting effective.
> If you double-checked your configuration but still get this error  
> message,
> it's still unlikely that you encounter a fatal PostgreSQL  
> misbehaviour. You
> probably have some low level network connectivity problems (e.g.  
> firewall
> configuration). Please check this thoroughly before reporting a bug  
> to the
> PostgreSQL community.
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Douglas Toltzman
(910) 526-5938

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