[postgis-users] CentOS PostGIS installation problem

Paul Ramsey pramsey at opengeo.org
Thu Sep 13 19:33:39 PDT 2012

Your answer is there,

"libgeos_c.so.1: cannot open shared object file"

for some reason your postgis can't find your libgeos. The usual reason
is that it got installed in /usr/local/lib, but the linker doesn't
know about /usr/local/lib. This can be fixed by adding /usr/local/lib
to /etc/ld.so.conf and running /sbin/ldconfig


On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 6:34 PM, Carol Peck <carolapeck at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm trying to get PostGIS running on CentOS 5.8 (on a VPS).  I have Postgres
> 8.4 installed from rpm.  I built PostGIS 1.5 from source, install and make
> went properly.
> When I try to run postgis.sql I get the following, starting with the first
> line:
> psql:/usr/share/pgsql/contrib/postgis-1.5/postgis.sql:59: ERROR: could not
> load library "/usr/lib64/pgsql/postgis-1.5.so": libgeos_c.so.1: cannot open
> shared object file: No such file or directory
>  and then later after aborted transaction errors:
> psql:/usr/share/pgsql/contrib/postgis-1.5/postgis.sql:7782: ERROR: type
> "box2d" does not exist
> psql:/usr/share/pgsql/contrib/postgis-1.5/postgis.sql:7783: ERROR: type
> "geometry" does not exist
> psql:/usr/share/pgsql/contrib/postgis-1.5/postgis.sql:7791: ERROR: type
> "geometry[]" does not exist
> Thanks in advance for any help!
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