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Re: DB Journal: PostgreSQL Software Installation

From: Jacob Hanson <jacobhanson(at)firsthealth(dot)com>
To: pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: DB Journal: PostgreSQL Software Installation
Date: 2003-08-28 15:07:53
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I don't agree with this. I mean, it's not *hard* to install
PostgreSQL, but it's nowhere as easy as Firebird or MySQL either. 

I mean, with Firebird, you basically run the install script and it
does everything for you, including starting the server, end of story.

With PostgreSQL, unfortunately, (at least when compiling from source
as I do) you have to do several menial tasks, like create a data
directory and set various permissions, add postgresql to chkconfig
(redhat anyway), create a user, start postmaster with that user, then
do an initdb. Not difficult, but more involved that simply running a
script as you do with the others. Now with 7.4, having to manually
setup autovaccuum is another thing to do.

If I knew anything about shell scripting I'd offer to help streamline
the process. But alas...


On Wed, 27 Aug 2003 13:43:25 +0200, barwick(at)gmx(dot)net (Ian Barwick)
>"Getting free software and installing can sometimes be a daunting task. Not so 
>with PostgreSQL. ..."

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