Install the PostgreSQL software on all servers in the cluster using identical parameters/settings. Refer to the PostgreSQL Administration Guide for details. The following are additional recommendations and reminders to ensure that LifeKeeper will work with PostgreSQL:

  • The PostgreSQL client software packages must be installed. These packages must include the PostgreSQL psql client utility.
  • The PostgreSQL server software packages must be installed. These packages must include the PostgreSQL pg_ctl and initdb utilities.
  • The PostgreSQL client and server packages must be the same version on all servers.
  • A PostgreSQL Operating System User must exist on all servers as follows:
    º This PostgreSQL Operating System User should be designated as the owner of the PostgreSQL software installation and subdirectories.
    º This PostgreSQL Operating System User must have authority to use the pg_ctl utility. The PostgreSQL Operating System User must be able to start and stop the postmaster instance using the pg_ctl commands.
    º The PostgreSQL Operating System User name should contain alphanumeric characters only.
    º The user id and group id of this PostgreSQL Operating System User must be identical on all servers.
  • A PostgreSQL Database Administrator User must exist within the PostgreSQL database for LifeKeeper client connections through the psql utility.
    º This PostgreSQL Database Administrator User must have the ability to connect to the database (template1), as well as obtain the listing of defined databases for the instance.
    º This PostgreSQL Database Administrator User must have the ability to view system tables and make generalized queries.
    º The PostgreSQL Database Administrator User is different from the PostgreSQL Operating System User, although they can have the same name.
    º Example: PostgreSQL Operating System User=postgres, and PostgreSQL Database Administrator User=lkpostgres; or PostgreSQL Operating System User=postgres, and PostgreSQL Database Administrator User=postgres.
  • Auto Startup at the time of system activation must be disabled because PostgreSQL server daemon is controlled by LifeKeeper

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