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Odd permission denied message when starting client

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I have just installed Postgresql 7.3.4 on my slackware 9.1 system.
The installation went fairly smoothly and the server process has
started normally:-

postgres 21027 20767 0 20:12 pts/5 00:00:00 -su
postgres 21246 1 0 20:17 pts/3 00:00:00 /usr/bin/postmaster -D /var/lib/postgresql/data
postgres 21248 21246 0 20:17 pts/3 00:00:00 postgres: stats buffer process
postgres 21251 21248 0 20:17 pts/3 00:00:00 postgres: stats collector process
However when I try and run a postgres client process as an ordinary
user I get the following:-

FATAL: could not open configuration file "postgresql.conf": Permission denied

As I understand it the permissions on the postgresql data directory
should be 0700 and owned by the postgresql user and this is how they
are set. So what permission(s) is this error complaining about?

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Chris Green (ch***@areti.co.uk)

"Never ascribe to malice, that which can be explained by incompetence."

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Nov 23 '05 #1
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On Thu, Nov 18, 2004 at 09:27:08PM +0000, Chris Green wrote:
I have just installed Postgresql 7.3.4 on my slackware 9.1 system.
The installation went fairly smoothly and the server process has
started normally:-

postgres 21027 20767 0 20:12 pts/5 00:00:00 -su
postgres 21246 1 0 20:17 pts/3 00:00:00 /usr/bin/postmaster -D /var/lib/postgresql/data
postgres 21248 21246 0 20:17 pts/3 00:00:00 postgres: stats buffer process
postgres 21251 21248 0 20:17 pts/3 00:00:00 postgres: stats collector process
However when I try and run a postgres client process as an ordinary
user I get the following:-

FATAL: could not open configuration file "postgresql.conf": Permission denied

As I understand it the permissions on the postgresql data directory
should be 0700 and owned by the postgresql user and this is how they
are set. So what permission(s) is this error complaining about?

Who is being stupid then! Me!!!! :-)

The 'postgres' command is trying to run the server, oops.
I'll go away again and shut up for the moment.

--
Chris Green (ch***@areti.co.uk)

"Never ascribe to malice, that which can be explained by incompetence."

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TIP 9: the planner will ignore your desire to choose an index scan if your
joining column's datatypes do not match

Nov 23 '05 #2

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Chris Green <ch***@areti.co.uk> writes:
However when I try and run a postgres client process as an ordinary
user I get the following:- FATAL: could not open configuration file "postgresql.conf": Permission denied


You don't run "postgres" as an ordinary user. You want a client
application, such as "psql".

regards, tom lane

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Nov 23 '05 #3

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