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How to initialize postgres instance under linux ?

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Hi

I am new to postgres setup, Actually i am trying to run my ESQL application and test it under red hat linux.
I am trying to initialize the local postgres instance in single user mode.

When i ran

initdb -D /home/aaa/db

it produces following error:


creating directory /home/aaa/db... ok
creating directory /home/aaa/db/base... ok
creating directory /home/aaa/db/global... ok
creating directory /home/aaa/db/pg_xlog... ok
creating directory /home/aaa/db/pg_clog... ok
creating configuration files... ok
creating template1 database in /home/aaa/db/base/1...
initdb: failed
initdb: removing data directory "/home/aaa/db"

Even when i have created the directory and ran above command it is producing the same error.

I don't understand actually what is the problem, i have to start this instance. Can any one please let me know what is the problem and how can i resolve this issue ?
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by:earth man2
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try the following

ensure you have enough room on your disk partition !

as user postgres issue the following commands

initdb --help

initdb --noclean --debug -D /home/aaa/db
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by:kumarv2
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Tried this as well, but nothing much of helpful. I still in a same place. It shows the same error. Space provided is also sufficient. Running in the debug has provided few more options and noclean offcourse didn't clean the messages.

I don't understand why it is not able to create the template1 database cluster.
Could you please help me to make this work.
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earth man2 earned 900 total points
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You probably have not installed postgresql correctly.   Either there is machine code there that is not compatible with your
cpu or there is a library incompatibility.

Get a source tarball.

tar jxvf postgresql-8.0.2.tar.bz2
cd  postgresql-8.0.2
./configure --prefix=/usr --with-gnu-ld --with-openssl --with-perl --with-python --enable-nls
make

as root
make install
ldconfig

as user postgres
initdb -D /home/aaa/db
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by:kumarv2
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I had the problem with the postgres, i got to know the problem while discussing here in this site. I am able to resolve the issue now and it is working fine for me now. Thanks
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