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Thread: PostgreSQL 9.1 Setup on Ubuntu 12 / 13 - Confusion with PSQL run

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    PostgreSQL 9.1 Setup on Ubuntu 12 / 13 - Confusion with PSQL run

    My questions are on PostgreSQL and PSQL on Ubuntu. Hope this is the right place. I will post it on Server Platforms as well.
    I have installed PostgreSQL 9.1 on Ubuntu 13.04.
    I am a little confused on using PSQL.

    I have DBMS background with Oracle / MySQL, so I am expecting psql shell to behave with some similarities - after initial setup.

    1. On the Ubuntu doc it says after install to setup password for user: postgres:
    Log in using: sudo -u postgres psql postgres --- I am able to log in.

    2. Change password:
    \password postgres -- I am able to change password, asks for new password twice and accepts.

    3. Now I log out of the psql shell and expect I can directly run psql giving -d / -U options.
    So I run: psql -d postgres -U postgres -W
    Password for user postgres: -- Here I enter password I set up above
    psql: FATAL: Peer authentication failed for user "postgres"

    4. Also I had expected that if I just run psql I should get the psql command line like sqlplus or mysql.
    But it does not. - Says psql does not exist.

    5. So when I log in again using: sudo -u postgres psql postgres -- I run following commands:
    postgres=# select version();
    PostgreSQL 9.1.9 on x86_64-unknown-linux-gnu, compiled by gcc (Ubuntu/Linaro 4.6.3-1ubuntu5) 4.6.3, 64-bit

    postgres=# select current_user;
    (1 row)

    postgres=# select current_database();
    (1 row)

    postgres=# select inet_server_port(); -- SHOULD this not return a port number: 5432?
    (1 row)

    postgres=# select inet_server_addr(); -- SHOULD this not return
    (1 row)

    My confusion with 3, 4 is I am expecting to log in with psql and not use sudo to get to the psql shell.

    Is there a setup aspect I am missing?

    Also, as I mention in point 2, I set the password with \password.
    It seems to completely ignore that.
    It does as the password if I run: sudo -u postgres psql postgres -W
    But logs in anyway if I run: sudo -u postgres psql postgres -- as well.

    Please note I am able to create database, roles etc. grant them and such.

    Put since I cannot run this command at bash:
    psql -d postgres -U postgres -W
    psql -U postgres (or user created)

    I cannot log in with those users.

    What do I do to bypass sudo as the psql command using args -d / -U / -W is makes sense to me but this command:
    sudo -u postgres psql postgres -- does not.

    Thank you for your help.


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    Re: PostgreSQL 9.1 Setup on Ubuntu 12 / 13 - Confusion with PSQL run

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