Vary handy post about basics of PostgreSQL on Ubuntu


This is a quick setup guide on how to setup PostgreSQL in Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron”. This is far from a complete PostgreSQL guide, but It should be enough to get you started.

Install PostgreSQL

Install the postgresql-8.3 package from Synaptic or apt-get:

$ sudo apt-get install postgresql-8.3

You might also want to install the pgadmin3 tool to help you manage your database:

$ sudo apt-get install pgadmin3

Reset the password of the postgres user

The default superuser, called ‘postgres’, does not have a password by default. We need to add one:

$ sudo su postgres -c psql template1
template1=# ALTER USER postgres with PASSWORD 'password';
template1=# \q

Where ‘password’ is your password. After this we need to modify the password of the postgres UNIX user:

$ sudo passwd -d postgres
$ sudo su postgres -c passwd

You will be asked for a new password, enter the same password with…

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