PostgreSQL 9.0.4 %%PG_USER%% not changed

Chris Rees utisoft at
Mon Aug 15 14:56:53 UTC 2011

On 15 August 2011 09:04, Chris Rees <utisoft at> wrote:
> 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

OK, I've reverted the problem commit (s) [1]. I'm going to take a look
at how to do this properly -- we really do need to use the code in for creating users rather than using pkg-install files.

Rihad, please try csupping / portsnap and check that in
postgresql90-server has the line:

$FreeBSD: ports/databases/postgresql90-server/Makefile,v 1.222
2011/08/15 14:52:31 crees Exp $

Then reinstall and your problem will be gone.

Sorry for the disruption.



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