PostgreSQL 9.0.4 %%PG_USER%% not changed

Chris Rees utisoft at
Mon Aug 15 08:04:56 UTC 2011

This might be my fault, I'll invest8gate. Sorry.
On 14 Aug 2011 21:02, "Jason Helfman" <jhelfman at> wrote:
>> [ mantainer added to Cc: ]
>> On Sun, 2011-08-14 at 18:04:55 +0500, rihad wrote:
>>> Hi, I have installed the latest
>>> postgresql-server-9.0.4_2
>>> postgresql-client-9.0.4_1
>>> In several places, namely in /usr/local/etc/rc.d/postgresql:
>>> postgresql_user=${postgresql_user:-"%%PG_USER%%"}
>>> and throughout all of /usr/local/etc/periodic/daily/502.pgsql
>>> %%PG_USER%% is left as is, which should have presumably been changed
>>> to pgsql by the installation script.
>>> What gives?
>> Based on a quick glance, it seems that the expansion does occur because
>> PG_USER is not set in SUB_LIST.
> This commit also changed the ability to configure a different user, as the
> pgsql isn't part of the base operating system installation, and having a
> configurable user, group and id, allowed users to change what user was
> running postgresql as. This is now not the case. This patch was used in
> addressing this:
> The aforementioned PR was submitted as a fix for this PR (
> ) which addressed
> the issue in a non-standard way.
> I really don't understand why this was done, as this really broke the
> essence of why this port was changed to support "any" user one would want
> to run the postgresql server as, and now this functionality is gone.
> It would be great to see this change back in place so one may run the
> server as any user they choose, and not just "pgsql," especially since
> this user isn't in the base system.
> -jgh
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