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Re: correct config (and syntax) for remote access

From: P Kapat <kap4lin(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: Bob McConnell <rmcconne(at)lightlink(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: correct config (and syntax) for remote access
Date: 2009-03-16 18:40:28
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On Sun, Mar 15, 2009 at 9:08 AM, Bob McConnell <rmcconne(at)lightlink(dot)com> wrote:
> P Kapat wrote:
>> Host A (IP : has the 8.1.11 postgress server running. I want
>> to set it up so that I can connect from Host B (IP
>> Relevant lines from /var/lib/pgsql/data/pg_hba.conf (on host A)
>> local   all         postgres                          ident sameuser
>> local   all         all                               ident sameuser
>> host    all         all          md5
>> host    all         foouser       md5
>> Relevant lines form /var/lib/pgsql/data/postgresql.conf (on host A):
>> listen_addresses = 'localhost,'
>> Will this work? The firewall has 5432 port open for connection between A
>> and B.
> Not quite. The listen_addresses should be 'localhost,'. localhost is
>, which can be reached by any process on that machine. The other
> address is the TCP/IP address for the interface you want postgres to receive
> connections on. It has to be an address on the same computer as your server.
> i.e. one that shows up when you run 'ifconfig' on that box. It is probably
> easier to just use '*' unless you have multiple network interfaces.
> Don't forget to restart the server after you change those files.

@Peter, Bob: Thanks. I had a wrong notion of "listen_addresses"!
Everything works fine now...

One final question: Is there any "security" related difference
between, listen_addresses='localhost,' and
listen_addresses='*' that I should be aware of? There is only one
network card on the server machine, so does it matter?

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