adding postgresql_enable="YES" by hand

Jeff Hamann jeff.d.hamann at
Tue Aug 3 22:12:03 UTC 2010


I'm sure this is a newbie question, but I can't seem to get traction via web searches...

In the past, when I've installed postgresql using the ports collection, I haven't had to worry about this. 

I've built postgresql from source on FreeBSD (not using the ports collection) and now need to add:

postgresql_enable="YES" to the rc.conf file so that when the machine is booted, the postmaster will start. 

Now, I need to understand the mechanics between:



$ /usr/local/blah_blah_blah/bin/thingy_ctl -D /usr/blah_blah_blah/data start/stop/restart

Since I need to be able to build outside the ports collection (other OSes apply), can someone please point me in the right direction for "hooking this up"


Jeff Hamann
jeff.d.hamann at

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