[Slackbuilds-users] postgresql again

Tim Dickson dickson.tim at googlemail.com
Thu Apr 15 08:03:09 UTC 2010

just a thought..

It should be easy enough to just echo instructions using doinst.sh
That way the end user/installer gets to know how to get things working, 
without the package interfering and doing it for them.
Either that, or (or as well) include the instructions in an rc. file as 
comments, in the same way that the mysql package already does.


On 15/04/2010 03:22, Robby Workman wrote:
> On Wed, 14 Apr 2010 12:03:30 -0400
> Donald Allen<donaldcallen at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> When you run the postgresql.SlackBuild, you get reminded that you need
>> to create a postgres group and user and you are given the commands to
>> do so. You comply, the postgres package builds, you install it, and
>> then get it running following the instructions in README.SBo.
>> Some time later, you use the resulting package to try to install
>> postgresql on another system. It installs, but when you attempt to get
>> it running, you can't, because you need to create the postgres group
>> and user, which you find out when you attempt to do
>> su postgres -c "initdb -D /var/lib/pgsql/data"
>> Except the error you get doesn't tell you how to fix the problem. So
>> maybe you remember enough from when you originally built the package
>> to dig through the postgresql.SlackBuild and figure it out.
>> My point is this: the reminders to create the group and user should
>> not occur at build time, they should occur at install time (or maybe
>> both, if they are really needed at build time). At the very least, the
>> README.SBo ought to tell you that the group- and user-creation is
>> needed and how to do it. It seems to be assuming that this has already
>> been done, which it may not be, if you are installing a package that
>> you created on a different system six months ago.
>> This issue is similar in nature to the issue I had with the gnucash
>> package: the package is not self-contained and should be.
> This one is a WONTFIX, if only because I don't see it as a bug.
> That's not to say that I don't see your point -- I do -- but
> there's not any obvious way that we can do this better without
> adding some badness.  By "badness," I mean: we are not going
> to have postinstall scripts create users and/or groups on the
> system.
> In essence, this is one of those things that's going to have to
> be documented by the system admin in a local ChangeLog or some
> such and then consulted when doing new installs.
> -RW
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