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Re: Problems using PostgreSQL command line tools

From: "Guido Barosio" <gbarosio(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: Andrea <andrea(dot)b73(at)email(dot)it>
Cc: pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Problems using PostgreSQL command line tools
Date: 2006-03-23 14:30:34
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Hi Andrea,

   You should try to connect to (or your hostname)  instead
of localhost.


- localhost means that you will connect using a socket (psql -h localhost)
- ip/hostname will use tcp/ip (psql -h

Both have separate auth lines in your pg_hba.conf, therefore, you are
prolly facing a problem with the localhost line, where pgadmin is
connecting using the tcp/ip connection for sure.

Check that, but I am almost sure.

Guido Barosio

On 3/23/06, Andrea <andrea(dot)b73(at)email(dot)it> wrote:
> Hi to all in the mailing-list! I am new and I have problems with command
> line tools of PostgreSQL.
> I have 2 computers, one at home and one at office. Both computers are
> equipped with Windows 2000 Professional SP4. On both computers I have
> installed PostgreSQL 8.1.3-1 (the latest at this moment).
> Both installations are "clean", I have NOT modified any PostgreSQL
> configuration file!
> At home (where I have no problems), I can do:
> -----------from console-----------
> C:\>psql -h localhost -U postgres -d postgres
> Password for user postgres:
> Welcome to psql 8.1.3, the PostgreSQL interactive terminal.
>    [....]
> postgres=#
> ----------------------------------
> At office, if I try to do the same thing, I get:
> -----------from console-----------
> C:\>psql -h localhost -U postgres -d postgres
> psql: FATAL:  password authentication failed for user "postgres"
> ----------------------------------
> In practice, psql doesn't ask me the password and fails immediately!
> But note this (the first strange thing), I have NO problems connecting
> to PostgreSQL server using pgAdmin III tool and also from PHP4/PHP5
> scripts (I develop on web with Apache and PHP4/5).
> For example I have tried the following PHP script:
> -----------code-----------
> <h1>PostgreSQL connection test</h1>
> <?php
> $dbconn = pg_connect ("host=localhost dbname=postgres user=postgres
> password=pgpw")
>     or die ('Connect error: ' . pg_last_error ());
> pg_close ($dbconn);
> ?>
> <h3>Connected!</h3>
> --------------------------
> And in the web browser I see "Connected!", so connection to PostgreSQL
> is ok!
> I am NOT able to connect to server using all command line tools like
> psql, createuser, createdb, etc...
> Can someone help me?? What could be wrong on my computer at office???
> Thanks in advance and sorry if my english is not perfect!
> Andrea
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Guido Barosio

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