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I'm having issues installing postgresql with homebrew on my MBP running OS 10.6.8.

It finishes

sudo brew install postgresql

without any issues.

When I try:

initdb /usr/local/var/postgres

I get the following error:

This user must also own the server process.

The database cluster will be initialized with locale en_US.UTF-8.
The default database encoding has accordingly been set to UTF8.
The default text search configuration will be set to "english".

fixing permissions on existing directory /usr/local/var/postgres ... initdb: could not change permissions of directory "/usr/local/var/postgres": Operation not permitted

But when I try to run

  mkdir -p ~/Library/LaunchAgents
  cp /usr/local/Cellar/postgresql/9.1.1/org.postgresql.postgres.plist ~/Library/LaunchAgents/
  launchctl load -w ~/Library/LaunchAgents/org.postgresql.postgres.plist

I get the following error:

launchctl: CFURLWriteDataAndPropertiesToResource(/var/db/launchd.db/com.apple.launchd.peruser.501/overrides.plist) failed: -10

I don't understand how to fix this.

So I was a little impatient and then tried to startup postgres manually anyway and it wouldn't work.

Anyway, I don't know how to proceed. Any suggestions?

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First thing would be to check with whomever is maintaining the brew script for postgres. Also, check the permissions of the /usr/local/var/postgres directory. Sounds like maybe root owns the dir and whatever user the postgres daemon tries to start as isn't root... –  Peter Loron Dec 8 '11 at 4:37
I just checked that out. The directory is owned by Wheel. I'm the only user on my machine and I have root access. Thanks for helping my brainstorm. –  Cyrus Dec 8 '11 at 4:53

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From the installation document: You don’t need sudo when you brew install.

Uninstall the sudo copy of postgres and reinstall without sudo.

sudo brew uninstall postgresql
brew install postgresql
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