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The file /usr/local/var/postgres/postmaster.pid is not a PID in itself, it is a text file that contains a PID. In this case it seems to be 1167. Try cat /usr/local/var/postgres/postmaster.pid. The file is there because for some reason postgres was shut down uncleanly. If this PID 1167 exists (ps -p $(cat /usr/local/var/postgres/postmaster.pid) should work ...



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