Bug 50499 - Stale postmaster.pid file blocks startup
Stale postmaster.pid file blocks startup
Status: CLOSED RAWHIDE
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: postgresql (Show other bugs)
7.3
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Trond Eivind Glomsrxd
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2001-07-31 14:27 EDT by Jos Vos
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:35 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-08-06 18:24:21 EDT
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Description Jos Vos 2001-07-31 14:27:48 EDT
When (e.g, after a system crash) a stale /var/lib/pgsql/data/postmaster.pid
file exists, the "postgresql start" init fails.  Also, and even worse, a
"postgresql stop" init also fails, after a very long delay, probably
because it tries to stop a non-existing process.

After removing the pid file, everything works fine.

Suggestion: maybe the init script can check whether the pid file is stale
or not, and remove it if it is a stale file, so that the standard
postgresql start/stop will work afterwards.
Comment 1 Glen Foster 2001-07-31 15:18:39 EDT
This defect is considered SHOULD-FIX for Fairfax.
Comment 2 Trond Eivind Glomsrxd 2001-08-06 18:24:16 EDT
Fixed in postgresql-7.1.2-7

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