[csw-announce] New PostgreSQL packages

Mark Round mark at markround.com
Fri Mar 11 23:59:15 CET 2005

Following on from the recent release of PostgreSQL-8.0.1, I'm pleased
to announce that updated packages are available from Blastwave, and
should be showing up at the mirror sites soon. As there are some big
changes, both in the code and packaging, please make sure you read the
following information before upgrading!

The release notes covering the full list of changes, upgrade notes,
incompatibilities with older versions of PostgreSQL etc. are available
at http://www.postgresql.org/docs/8.0/static/release.html#RELEASE-8-0.
It is strongly recommended that you read this document before
upgrading your server.

Apart from the changes made to the code itself (see the above
mentioned link for the release notes), a number of things have changed
with the Blastwave packaging.

CSWpostgresql now installs into /opt/csw/postgresql, instead of
/opt/csw. This is to keep things neat, and also to make the PostgreSQL
packages similar to other "big" CSW packages like gcc3, mysql, apache
etc. You will need to add /opt/csw/postgresql/bin to your $PATH, and
any scripts you have written using the old locations will have to be
changed. Symlinks are provided in /opt/csw/lib for libpq.so.3 and
libecpg.so.4 however, which should still work fine.

If you have upgraded from a previous 7.3.x version of PostgreSQL, your
databases will NOT work on this 8.0.x version. Before upgrading, you
should dump your databases using the old 7.3.x utilities. You can then
create a new data directory using this 8.0.x package, and import your
dumps. This is standard procedure when upgrading between major
versions - see the manual or release notes for more information on

Please report any bugs or issues via http://www.blastwave.org/bugtrack/.

mark at blastwave.org

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