Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I want to create a Base Backup with the pg_basebackup tool of postgres 9.1. After some seconds I receive:

`pg_basebackup: could not get WAL end position from server

What can be the reason for this error message?

share|improve this question
pg_basebackupis relatively new (just came into existence in January) and not particularly well-documented - you may get a faster answer asking on the Postgres mailing lists (and when you get an answer, post it here for free upvotes :) – voretaq7 Sep 16 '11 at 14:28
up vote 3 down vote accepted

The problem was that there were files in the data directory not owned by the postgres user.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.