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Here is a step-by-step description of what I am doing

  • cd /usr/ports/databases/postgresql91-server/
  • make install clean
  • adding postgresql_enable="YES" to /etc/rc.conf
  • trying to start sudo /usr/local/etc/rc.d/postgresql onsestart.

After all of these steps, however, I still get the message:

postgres cannot access the server configuration file "/usr/local/pgsql/data/postgresql.conf": No such file or directory

What step am I missing?

  • Have you checked to make sure that path is valid and that file exists? – Tablemaker Oct 12 '11 at 16:14
  • @Shads0 - i'm not a seasoned BSD user at all, but as far as I understand this very file (which is missing) should be created by the launcher with respect to the postgresql_enable="YES" in rc.conf – shabunc Oct 12 '11 at 16:16
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You need to run initdb before you can use a postgres server. This can't be done for you as it would destroy your existing database if you were doing an upgrade.

/usr/local/etc/rc.d/postgresql initdb will do what you need if you are using a FreeBSD port, otherwise see the initdb man page.

(Also note that the port's post-install message tells you this - The messages ports print out after you run make install are generally important :)

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  • shame on me, you are right, i should read whatever the terminal says more carefully. – shabunc Oct 12 '11 at 16:34
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    The first clobbering is free :) (I'm also a little touchy about it because I maintain a few ports - we really do try hard to include all the important stuff in those post-install messages…) – voretaq7 Oct 12 '11 at 16:38

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