[postgis-users] newbie prob: PostgreSQL server will not connect so PostGIS installation fails with dbcreate

Sean seanasy at gmail.com
Wed Mar 9 05:55:30 PST 2011

Did you install PostgreSQL?

It sounds like you need to learn the basics of Relations Database
Management Systems (RDMS) before you dive into PostgreSQL/PostGIS.

The server is the database system.  It manages connections to the
databases.  If the server isn't running, there's nothing to which you
can connect. You can't create or connect to a database until the
server is running (though one may have been created during

PGAdmin does not create servers, it connects to them.

You might want to start over and use the OpenGeo Suite to install
everything http://opengeo.org/technology/suite/download/

Or, if you're never going to use the database in a multi-user
environment, take a look at SpatialLite (http://www.gaia-gis.it/
spatialite/) and see if it will do what you need.  It's not as robust
as PostGIS but it does a lot.


On Mar 9, 4:13 am, "Florian Reimer" <gissolut... at gmx.de> wrote:
> Hi,
> thanks for the reply but I do not have a "Start Database" Icon. I think a DB was never yet created as PostGIS Installation fails, because the Server created by pg Admin III can not connect.
> Is it correct to use default settings?
> Server [localhost]
> Database [postgres]
> Post [5432]
> Username [postgres]
> The server does not connect, but in I cant in
> postgresql.conf setting is
> listen_addresses = '*'         #following help files this should make                            the server listen to all connections...
> I think I dont understand the entire "Server" concept of PostgreSQL - what is it good for if I might just want to operate on a single machine?
> I cant install PostGIS because during Installation it tries dbcreate, which does not work while PostgreSQL server can not connect...
> hints will be appreciated. thanks!
> FR
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