2009/9/26 Martin Gainty <mgainty(at)hotmail(dot)com>: > All- > > when starting postgres what does this error mean exactly? > psql: FATAL: role "postgres" does not exist > > what is the exact solution for psql: FATAL: role "postgres" does not exist > error?
That's not an error starting postgresql, it's an error starting psql. Postgresql, by default, sets ownership of the cluster files and creates a login role for the username used to run initdb. So, what username was used to run initdb?