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Re: Suggested improvements to INSTALL file "Short Version"

From: Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>
To: Vicki Brown <vlb(at)cfcl(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-docs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Suggested improvements to INSTALL file "Short Version"
Date: 2003-02-16 14:10:20
Message-ID: Pine.LNX.4.44.0302152357360.1618-100000@peter.localdomain (view raw, whole thread or download thread mbox)
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Vicki Brown writes:

> 1) The "Longer Version" makes note of a "gmake check" option for testing.
> This SHOULD be mentioned in the short version as well!

Running the regression tests is not part of the essential installation
procedure and is there not in the short version.

> 2) It should be noted here to set the shell as /bin/sh or something similar
> (e.g. bash) or else the postmaster command below will fail. Specifically, do
> not use a Csh equivalent or /sbin/nologin.

The Bourne shell is the standard Unix shell.  Sorry.

> 3) It should be noted here that the directory /usr/local/pgsql should also be
> chown'd to postgresql,

The files under /usr/local/pgsql, except for the data directory, should
*not* be owned by the postgres user.

> or the logfile created below with the postmaster
> command will not be able to be written.

If you follow the commands *exactly* then the logfile cannot possibly be
created under /usr/local/pgsql.  If you alter some of the paths then you
need to figure out yourself what you want to do.

> 4) I can't help but wonder why the
>     make install
> didn't do the adduser, create the data directory, and set ownership
> correctly.

Because make install installs files and that's it.

> The (FreeBSD ports collection version of) PostgreSQL 7.2.2 did the
> adduser for me...

The ports collection does package management, which is different from
build management.

Peter Eisentraut   peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net

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