[CentOS] Re: PostgeSQL 8.0.4 on CentOS4.2

James B. Byrne ByrneJB at Harte-Lyne.ca
Wed Oct 26 15:56:18 UTC 2005

On Tue, 25 Oct 2005 15:11:56 -0600, Michael Best <mbest at pendragon.org> wrote:

> 1. DON'T USE nodeps
> It's because the binaries don't have libpq.so.3 (if I remember
> correctly).  Installing it this way will just break those things
> that need that library.
> Instead.... install the compat-postgresql-libs

That would have been really useful information to have, back on 
October 17 when I first asked the question about PostgreSQL 8 and 
CentOS 4 on this list.  Lamar Owan provided a lot of help in his 
reply but I either missed any reference to the compatibility 
libraries or he failed to mention them. It is too bad that I was 
not aware of this when I carried out my procedure.

However, as my recent post stated, this update was carried out on a 
dedicated development server.  The each postgresql-8.0.4 package 
was first rpm -U --test installed with dependencies on to see what 
would break and determine if anything critical was in that list.  
The packages dependent upon libpq.so.3 on our server were:


Now the postgresql-*-7.4.8 stuff is not used on the development 
server, or anywhere else in our operation so far as we can 
determine.  Those were deleted.  Ditto for dovecot.  Ditto for perl-
DBD. Finally, the development machine does not provide httpd 
service so mod_auth_pgsql-2.0.1-6 is also redundant.

Linux OS distributions are not religious dogma.  Sometimes you just 
have to get something working and accept that fact that this choice 
will render less important things useless.   This may not be the 
most elegant approach, but there is always a limit to the amount of 
time available to solve these kinds of problems.

I appreciate that moving from postgres 7.x to 8.x is a far more 
involved issue for applications running against that dbms than 
simply loading the software.  But all I needed was get a particular 
version of a particular package running on a tabula rasa server 
dedicated to development of a new application.  The point being to 
avoid converting from pg 7.4 to 8.x in the future.

At least all this information is now on the list for future 


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