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October 18, 2008

Installing PostgreSQL on Ubuntu 8.10

Filed under: Software Development — Fernando Correia @ 2:06 pm
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PostgreSQL is my preferred database on a Linux environment.This is the sequence I used to install it on my development machine. It is running Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) beta on a VMware Workstation virtual machine.

I referred to https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PostgreSQL, http://bioinformaticsonline.co.uk/2007/02/26/postgresql_on_ubuntu_linux_how_to and  http://hocuspokus.net/2007/11/05/install-postgresql-on-ubuntu-710/ and adapted the instructions a little bit.

Installing the server and basic tools

sudo apt-get install postgresql postgresql-client postgresql-contrib

That got me PostgreSQL 8.3.

Basic Server Setup

First, changing the password of the postgres user:

sudo -u postgres psql postgres
ALTER USER postgres WITH ENCRYPTED PASSWORD '<***password***>';

Creating the initial databases

sudo -u postgres createdb dev
sudo -u postgres createdb test

That creates a database named “dev”, for development, and another named “test”, for testing.

I use schemas to have multiple applications using a single database.

Setting Up the Admin Pack

The admin pack is said enable better logging and monitoring within pgAdmin.

sudo -u postgres psql < /usr/share/postgresql/8.3/contrib/adminpack.sql

Installing pgAdmin III

pgAdmin III is a database design and management application for use with PostgreSQL.

sudo aptitude install pgadmin3

Using pgAdmin


I clicked on the “Add a connection to a server” button (top left). I filled in the host (localhost) and password of the postgres user (from the previous ALTER USER command). Then I clicked OK and was connected to the local PostgreSQL server.

Incidentally, I noticed that the databases I created were set to UTF-8 encoding. Great, exactly what I wanted.

Restarting the server

If there is any need, the server can be restarted this way:

sudo /etc/init.d/postgresql-8.3 restart

Other tasks

Some times I might want to open up the server for network access and/or install phpPgAdmin to control it with a Web interface. The articles mentioned in the introduction can help with that. I don’t think I’ll have to do either thing on this development environment, though.


That’s it. Quick, easy and powerful. I really like Ubuntu.



  1. Thanks,

    Good entry very helpful for people new to ubuntu and postgres.


    Comment by Matthew — January 22, 2009 @ 8:45 pm

  2. I’m totally new to postgres and a basic user of Ubuntu, and it worked perfectly for me. I’m running Ubuntu 8.10 in VMWare on my new MacBook Pro.

    Thanks for the well written instructions.

    Comment by TJ — January 26, 2009 @ 9:34 am

  3. Thanks a lot for an excellent straight forward article. Your “just what you need to do” type instructions were really helpful for me.

    Thank you very much :)

    Comment by whoever — January 26, 2009 @ 1:56 pm

  4. Hello,

    When I run “sudo -u postgres psql postgres” I get this error:

    perl: warning: Falling back to the standard locale (“C”).
    psql: could not connect to server: No such file or directory
    Is the server running locally and accepting
    connections on Unix domain socket “/var/run/postgresql/.s.PGSQL.5432”?

    I can find no logs about postgre and postgre is not running when I look for a process of it using ps aux | grep postgre. Any idea of how could i solve this problem?

    Comment by Jl — February 11, 2009 @ 11:08 pm

  5. Thanks a lot !!

    Comment by Abhishek Sinha — February 13, 2009 @ 4:31 am

  6. Great post!! Got me going in minutes.

    Comment by sharad — March 20, 2009 @ 10:35 pm

  7. Thanks for the article Fernando.

    Comment by Nikos — April 28, 2009 @ 7:47 pm

  8. Great tutorial. Install worked for me!

    Comment by Ivo — July 31, 2009 @ 10:23 pm

  9. So great to see that there is some blog that talks more about installation on Ubuntu. It’s hard to find such resources.

    Thanks for the detailed steps.

    Comment by Chyne — October 6, 2009 @ 3:50 am

  10. What a man u are.. Excellent work.. Sense and simplicity..

    Comment by Risky Agrawal — May 24, 2010 @ 11:54 am

  11. hi i got this error:

    postgresql: Depends: postgresql-8.3 but it is not going to be installed
    postgresql-client: Depends: postgresql-client-8.3 but it is not going to be installed
    postgresql-contrib: Depends: postgresql-contrib-8.3 but it is not going to be installed

    do you nkonw why?


    Comment by mahrizal — October 18, 2010 @ 1:48 am

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    Comment by SwatTk1 — January 5, 2012 @ 5:09 am

  13. Not so far I have found new cool tool to work with postgresql on ubuntu – Valentina Studio. Its free edition can do things more than many commercial tools!!
    I very recommend check it. http://www.valentina-db.com/en/valentina-studio-overview

    Comment by nicola — August 2, 2013 @ 5:53 am

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