Posts tagged postgres

postgres introduction
posted on 2016-08-24 10:50

Client is run through the postgres system user named 'postgres'. Homedir is /var/lib/postgresql usually.

Connection info

.my.cnf equivalent is the .pgpass in postgres user homedir, containing the following syntax:


Command history

For .mysql_history equivalent, see .psql_history in postgres user homedir (/var/lib/postgres/.psql_history).

Apostrophe's usage

  • use single ones for strings/values
  • use double ones for objects (user-/table-/dbnames... )

Most important shell commands

  • createdb DATABASE
  • dropdb DATABASE
  • createuser ROLE
  • dropuser ROLE
  • psql ## as user 'postgres'
  • su -c psql postgres ## invoking the CLI as any user
  • postgres=# grant all privileges on database DATABASE to USER;

As postgres user:

  • psql -c 'SQL_STATEMENT' = mysql -e 'SQL_STATEMENT' with .my.cnf
  • psql DATABASE # open client and connects to database

psql cli commands

help = shows help howto
\h = show help for sql commands
\h create role; = show help on CREATE ROLE command

\? = show pg shortcuts
\l = "show databases;"
\d = show tables/views/sequences
\dt = "show tables;"
\du = show roles (users)
\dp = show privileges


There exists an equivalent called pgtop. Package on debian is called pgtop, too.


su - postgres

User management

Postgres user management differs in that there are 'roles'. These can be tweaked to work like users or like groups.

$ sudo postgres
$ createuser my-user

Main use cases

Create db with corresponding user:

su -c psql DATABASENAME postgres
grant all privileges on DATABASE to USER;

Change password:

su -c psql postgres
alter role DATABASE with password 'PASSWORD';
Postgresql 9.3 install error on Debian Wheezy
posted on 2014-04-08 20:14:09

When trying to install the newest postgres DB on debian 7.x according to the howto on the postgres howto this causes trouble:

Create the file /etc/apt/sources.list.d/pgdg.list, and add a line for the repository deb wheezy-pgdg main

If instead of pasting the deb http://apt.postgresql... line into the sources list in the parent folder, everything works as expected...

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