[postgis-users] make install as root on v1.5.2

Mark Cave-Ayland mark.cave-ayland at siriusit.co.uk
Fri Mar 18 03:58:31 PDT 2011

On 10/03/11 02:58, Bill Teluk wrote:

> Hi,
> I have installed PostGIS 1.5.2 on a PostgreSQL 9.0.4 (OpenSCG RPM) on an
> RHEL5.5 system - the instructions in the included README.postgis indicate
> that I should perform "make install" as "postgres" user.  This didn't work
> and generated the error below:
>     /bin/mkdir -p '/opt/postgres/9.0/share/postgresql/contrib/postgis-1.5'
>     /bin/mkdir: cannot create directory
>     `/opt/postgres/9.0/share/postgresql/contrib/postgis-1.5': Permission
> denied
>     make[1]: *** [installdirs] Error 1
>     make[1]: Leaving directory
>     `/home/maptools/other/pgis_1_5_2/postgis-1.5.2/postgis'
>     make: *** [postgis-install] Error 2
> I overcame this by performing "make install" as "root" user - I did this
> because I noted that the online HTML documentation for v1.5 doesn't indicate
> which user to install as - at least as far as I could see (ref
> http://postgis.refractions.net/documentation/manual-1.5/ch02.html#id2630263
> )
> Is this a documentation error, or should I really be installing as user
> "postgres"?

Given that you've installed under /opt, I would think that it would be 
absolutely fine to build and install as the postgres user. It seems to 
me that this is either a permissions or an SELinux issue (if enabled).



Mark Cave-Ayland - Senior Technical Architect
PostgreSQL - PostGIS
Sirius Corporation plc - control through freedom
t: +44 870 608 0063

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