Bug 68363 - Unable to change PGDATA in postgres
Unable to change PGDATA in postgres
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: postgresql (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Trond Eivind Glomsrxd
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2002-07-09 11:56 EDT by Jeremy Sanders
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:44 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-07-09 11:56:25 EDT
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Description Jeremy Sanders 2002-07-09 11:56:21 EDT
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Description of problem:
The way postgresql is currently packaged it is hard to change the location of
the database (i.e. PGDATA) without modifying the startup script (which will get
overwritten on updating).

A better way of setting PGDATA (rather than fixing it to /var/lib/pgsql) would
be to see what the home directory of the postgres user is set to and use that.
Comment 1 Trond Eivind Glomsrxd 2002-07-09 15:55:36 EDT
If you have a nice, clean patch which doesn't lead to problems for initscripts,
file ownership etc, you can attact it.

Other than that, I don't see a need and the current way works well - and handles
issues like recognizing older versions of the database and issueing approriate

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