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POSTGRES(1)		PostgreSQL 9.6.3 Documentation		   POSTGRES(1)

NAME
       postgres	- PostgreSQL database server

SYNOPSIS
       postgres	[option...]

DESCRIPTION
       postgres	is the PostgreSQL database server. In order for	a client
       application to access a database	it connects (over a network or
       locally)	to a running postgres instance.	The postgres instance then
       starts a	separate server	process	to handle the connection.

       One postgres instance always manages the	data of	exactly	one database
       cluster.	A database cluster is a	collection of databases	that is	stored
       at a common file	system location	(the "data area"). More	than one
       postgres	instance can run on a system at	one time, so long as they use
       different data areas and	different communication	ports (see below).
       When postgres starts it needs to	know the location of the data area.
       The location must be specified by the -D	option or the PGDATA
       environment variable; there is no default. Typically, -D	or PGDATA
       points directly to the data area	directory created by initdb(1).	Other
       possible	file layouts are discussed in Section 19.2, "File Locations",
       in the documentation.

       By default postgres starts in the foreground and	prints log messages to
       the standard error stream. In practical applications postgres should be
       started as a background process,	perhaps	at boot	time.

       The postgres command can	also be	called in single-user mode. The
       primary use for this mode is during bootstrapping by initdb(1).
       Sometimes it is used for	debugging or disaster recovery;	note that
       running a single-user server is not truly suitable for debugging	the
       server, since no	realistic interprocess communication and locking will
       happen. When invoked in single-user mode	from the shell,	the user can
       enter queries and the results will be printed to	the screen, but	in a
       form that is more useful	for developers than end	users. In the
       single-user mode, the session user will be set to the user with ID 1,
       and implicit superuser powers are granted to this user. This user does
       not actually have to exist, so the single-user mode can be used to
       manually	recover	from certain kinds of accidental damage	to the system
       catalogs.

OPTIONS
       postgres	accepts	the following command-line arguments. For a detailed
       discussion of the options consult Chapter 19, Server Configuration, in
       the documentation. You can save typing most of these options by setting
       up a configuration file.	Some (safe) options can	also be	set from the
       connecting client in an application-dependent way to apply only for
       that session. For example, if the environment variable PGOPTIONS	is
       set, then libpq-based clients will pass that string to the server,
       which will interpret it as postgres command-line	options.

   General Purpose
       -B nbuffers
	   Sets	the number of shared buffers for use by	the server processes.
	   The default value of	this parameter is chosen automatically by
	   initdb. Specifying this option is equivalent	to setting the
	   shared_buffers configuration	parameter.

       -c name=value
	   Sets	a named	run-time parameter. The	configuration parameters
	   supported by	PostgreSQL are described in Chapter 19,	Server
	   Configuration, in the documentation.	Most of	the other command line
	   options are in fact short forms of such a parameter assignment.  -c
	   can appear multiple times to	set multiple parameters.

       -C name
	   Prints the value of the named run-time parameter, and exits.	(See
	   the -c option above for details.) This can be used on a running
	   server, and returns values from postgresql.conf, modified by	any
	   parameters supplied in this invocation. It does not reflect
	   parameters supplied when the	cluster	was started.

	   This	option is meant	for other programs that	interact with a	server
	   instance, such as pg_ctl(1),	to query configuration parameter
	   values. User-facing applications should instead use SHOW(7) or the
	   pg_settings view.

       -d debug-level
	   Sets	the debug level. The higher this value is set, the more
	   debugging output is written to the server log. Values are from 1 to
	   5. It is also possible to pass -d 0 for a specific session, which
	   will	prevent	the server log level of	the parent postgres process
	   from	being propagated to this session.

       -D datadir
	   Specifies the file system location of the database configuration
	   files. See Section 19.2, "File Locations", in the documentation for
	   details.

       -e
	   Sets	the default date style to "European", that is DMY ordering of
	   input date fields. This also	causes the day to be printed before
	   the month in	certain	date output formats. See Section 8.5,
	   "Date/Time Types", in the documentation for more information.

       -F
	   Disables fsync calls	for improved performance, at the risk of data
	   corruption in the event of a	system crash. Specifying this option
	   is equivalent to disabling the fsync	configuration parameter. Read
	   the detailed	documentation before using this!

       -h hostname
	   Specifies the IP host name or address on which postgres is to
	   listen for TCP/IP connections from client applications. The value
	   can also be a comma-separated list of addresses, or * to specify
	   listening on	all available interfaces. An empty value specifies not
	   listening on	any IP addresses, in which case	only Unix-domain
	   sockets can be used to connect to the server. Defaults to listening
	   only	on localhost. Specifying this option is	equivalent to setting
	   the listen_addresses	configuration parameter.

       -i
	   Allows remote clients to connect via	TCP/IP (Internet domain)
	   connections.	Without	this option, only local	connections are
	   accepted. This option is equivalent to setting listen_addresses to
	   * in	postgresql.conf	or via -h.

	   This	option is deprecated since it does not allow access to the
	   full	functionality of listen_addresses. It's	usually	better to set
	   listen_addresses directly.

       -k directory
	   Specifies the directory of the Unix-domain socket on	which postgres
	   is to listen	for connections	from client applications. The value
	   can also be a comma-separated list of directories. An empty value
	   specifies not listening on any Unix-domain sockets, in which	case
	   only	TCP/IP sockets can be used to connect to the server. The
	   default value is normally /tmp, but that can	be changed at build
	   time. Specifying this option	is equivalent to setting the
	   unix_socket_directories configuration parameter.

       -l
	   Enables secure connections using SSL.  PostgreSQL must have been
	   compiled with support for SSL for this option to be available. For
	   more	information on using SSL, refer	to Section 18.9, "Secure
	   TCP/IP Connections with SSL", in the	documentation.

       -N max-connections
	   Sets	the maximum number of client connections that this server will
	   accept. The default value of	this parameter is chosen automatically
	   by initdb. Specifying this option is	equivalent to setting the
	   max_connections configuration parameter.

       -o extra-options
	   The command-line-style arguments specified in extra-options are
	   passed to all server	processes started by this postgres process.

	   Spaces within extra-options are considered to separate arguments,
	   unless escaped with a backslash (\);	write \\ to represent a
	   literal backslash. Multiple arguments can also be specified via
	   multiple uses of -o.

	   The use of this option is obsolete; all command-line	options	for
	   server processes can	be specified directly on the postgres command
	   line.

       -p port
	   Specifies the TCP/IP	port or	local Unix domain socket file
	   extension on	which postgres is to listen for	connections from
	   client applications.	Defaults to the	value of the PGPORT
	   environment variable, or if PGPORT is not set, then defaults	to the
	   value established during compilation	(normally 5432). If you
	   specify a port other	than the default port, then all	client
	   applications	must specify the same port using either	command-line
	   options or PGPORT.

       -s
	   Print time information and other statistics at the end of each
	   command. This is useful for benchmarking or for use in tuning the
	   number of buffers.

       -S work-mem
	   Specifies the amount	of memory to be	used by	internal sorts and
	   hashes before resorting to temporary	disk files. See	the
	   description of the work_mem configuration parameter in Section
	   19.4.1, "Memory", in	the documentation.

       -V
       --version
	   Print the postgres version and exit.

       --name=value
	   Sets	a named	run-time parameter; a shorter form of -c.

       --describe-config
	   This	option dumps out the server's internal configuration
	   variables, descriptions, and	defaults in tab-delimited COPY format.
	   It is designed primarily for	use by administration tools.

       -?
       --help
	   Show	help about postgres command line arguments, and	exit.

   Semi-internal Options
       The options described here are used mainly for debugging	purposes, and
       in some cases to	assist with recovery of	severely damaged databases.
       There should be no reason to use	them in	a production database setup.
       They are	listed here only for use by PostgreSQL system developers.
       Furthermore, these options might	change or be removed in	a future
       release without notice.

       -f { s |	i | o |	b | t |	n | m |	h }
	   Forbids the use of particular scan and join methods:	s and i
	   disable sequential and index	scans respectively, o, b and t disable
	   index-only scans, bitmap index scans, and TID scans respectively,
	   while n, m, and h disable nested-loop, merge	and hash joins
	   respectively.

	   Neither sequential scans nor	nested-loop joins can be disabled
	   completely; the -fs and -fn options simply discourage the optimizer
	   from	using those plan types if it has any other alternative.

       -n
	   This	option is for debugging	problems that cause a server process
	   to die abnormally. The ordinary strategy in this situation is to
	   notify all other server processes that they must terminate and then
	   reinitialize	the shared memory and semaphores. This is because an
	   errant server process could have corrupted some shared state	before
	   terminating.	This option specifies that postgres will not
	   reinitialize	shared data structures.	A knowledgeable	system
	   programmer can then use a debugger to examine shared	memory and
	   semaphore state.

       -O
	   Allows the structure	of system tables to be modified. This is used
	   by initdb.

       -P
	   Ignore system indexes when reading system tables, but still update
	   the indexes when modifying the tables. This is useful when
	   recovering from damaged system indexes.

       -t pa[rser] | pl[anner] | e[xecutor]
	   Print timing	statistics for each query relating to each of the
	   major system	modules. This option cannot be used together with the
	   -s option.

       -T
	   This	option is for debugging	problems that cause a server process
	   to die abnormally. The ordinary strategy in this situation is to
	   notify all other server processes that they must terminate and then
	   reinitialize	the shared memory and semaphores. This is because an
	   errant server process could have corrupted some shared state	before
	   terminating.	This option specifies that postgres will stop all
	   other server	processes by sending the signal	SIGSTOP, but will not
	   cause them to terminate. This permits system	programmers to collect
	   core	dumps from all server processes	by hand.

       -v protocol
	   Specifies the version number	of the frontend/backend	protocol to be
	   used	for a particular session. This option is for internal use
	   only.

       -W seconds
	   A delay of this many	seconds	occurs when a new server process is
	   started, after it conducts the authentication procedure. This is
	   intended to give an opportunity to attach to	the server process
	   with	a debugger.

   Options for Single-User Mode
       The following options only apply	to the single-user mode	(see
       SINGLE-USER MODE).

       --single
	   Selects the single-user mode. This must be the first	argument on
	   the command line.

       database
	   Specifies the name of the database to be accessed. This must	be the
	   last	argument on the	command	line. If it is omitted it defaults to
	   the user name.

       -E
	   Echo	all commands to	standard output	before executing them.

       -j
	   Use semicolon followed by two newlines, rather than just newline,
	   as the command entry	terminator.

       -r filename
	   Send	all server log output to filename. This	option is only honored
	   when	supplied as a command-line option.

ENVIRONMENT
       PGCLIENTENCODING
	   Default character encoding used by clients. (The clients can
	   override this individually.)	This value can also be set in the
	   configuration file.

       PGDATA
	   Default data	directory location

       PGDATESTYLE
	   Default value of the	DateStyle run-time parameter. (The use of this
	   environment variable	is deprecated.)

       PGPORT
	   Default port	number (preferably set in the configuration file)

DIAGNOSTICS
       A failure message mentioning semget or shmget probably indicates	you
       need to configure your kernel to	provide	adequate shared	memory and
       semaphores. For more discussion see Section 18.4, "Managing Kernel
       Resources", in the documentation. You might be able to postpone
       reconfiguring your kernel by decreasing shared_buffers to reduce	the
       shared memory consumption of PostgreSQL,	and/or by reducing
       max_connections to reduce the semaphore consumption.

       A failure message suggesting that another server	is already running
       should be checked carefully, for	example	by using the command

	   $ ps	ax | grep postgres

       or

	   $ ps	-ef | grep postgres

       depending on your system. If you	are certain that no conflicting	server
       is running, you can remove the lock file	mentioned in the message and
       try again.

       A failure message indicating inability to bind to a port	might indicate
       that that port is already in use	by some	non-PostgreSQL process.	You
       might also get this error if you	terminate postgres and immediately
       restart it using	the same port; in this case, you must simply wait a
       few seconds until the operating system closes the port before trying
       again. Finally, you might get this error	if you specify a port number
       that your operating system considers to be reserved. For	example, many
       versions	of Unix	consider port numbers under 1024 to be "trusted" and
       only permit the Unix superuser to access	them.

NOTES
       The utility command pg_ctl(1) can be used to start and shut down	the
       postgres	server safely and comfortably.

       If at all possible, do not use SIGKILL to kill the main postgres
       server. Doing so	will prevent postgres from freeing the system
       resources (e.g.,	shared memory and semaphores) that it holds before
       terminating. This might cause problems for starting a fresh postgres
       run.

       To terminate the	postgres server	normally, the signals SIGTERM, SIGINT,
       or SIGQUIT can be used. The first will wait for all clients to
       terminate before	quitting, the second will forcefully disconnect	all
       clients,	and the	third will quit	immediately without proper shutdown,
       resulting in a recovery run during restart.

       The SIGHUP signal will reload the server	configuration files. It	is
       also possible to	send SIGHUP to an individual server process, but that
       is usually not sensible.

       To cancel a running query, send the SIGINT signal to the	process
       running that command. To	terminate a backend process cleanly, send
       SIGTERM to that process.	See also pg_cancel_backend and
       pg_terminate_backend in Section 9.26.2, "Server Signaling Functions",
       in the documentation for	the SQL-callable equivalents of	these two
       actions.

       The postgres server uses	SIGQUIT	to tell	subordinate server processes
       to terminate without normal cleanup. This signal	should not be used by
       users. It is also unwise	to send	SIGKILL	to a server process -- the
       main postgres process will interpret this as a crash and	will force all
       the sibling processes to	quit as	part of	its standard crash-recovery
       procedure.

BUGS
       The -- options will not work on FreeBSD or OpenBSD. Use -c instead.
       This is a bug in	the affected operating systems;	a future release of
       PostgreSQL will provide a workaround if this is not fixed.

SINGLE-USER MODE
       To start	a single-user mode server, use a command like

	   postgres --single -D	/usr/local/pgsql/data other-options my_database

       Provide the correct path	to the database	directory with -D, or make
       sure that the environment variable PGDATA is set. Also specify the name
       of the particular database you want to work in.

       Normally, the single-user mode server treats newline as the command
       entry terminator; there is no intelligence about	semicolons, as there
       is in psql. To continue a command across	multiple lines,	you must type
       backslash just before each newline except the last one. The backslash
       and adjacent newline are	both dropped from the input command. Note that
       this will happen	even when within a string literal or comment.

       But if you use the -j command line switch, a single newline does	not
       terminate command entry;	instead, the sequence
       semicolon-newline-newline does. That is,	type a semicolon immediately
       followed	by a completely	empty line. Backslash-newline is not treated
       specially in this mode. Again, there is no intelligence about such a
       sequence	appearing within a string literal or comment.

       In either input mode, if	you type a semicolon that is not just before
       or part of a command entry terminator, it is considered a command
       separator. When you do type a command entry terminator, the multiple
       statements you've entered will be executed as a single transaction.

       To quit the session, type EOF (Control+D, usually). If you've entered
       any text	since the last command entry terminator, then EOF will be
       taken as	a command entry	terminator, and	another	EOF will be needed to
       exit.

       Note that the single-user mode server does not provide sophisticated
       line-editing features (no command history, for example).	Single-user
       mode also does not do any background processing,	such as	automatic
       checkpoints or replication.

EXAMPLES
       To start	postgres in the	background using default values, type:

	   $ nohup postgres >logfile 2>&1 </dev/null &

       To start	postgres with a	specific port, e.g. 1234:

	   $ postgres -p 1234

       To connect to this server using psql, specify this port with the	-p
       option:

	   $ psql -p 1234

       or set the environment variable PGPORT:

	   $ export PGPORT=1234
	   $ psql

       Named run-time parameters can be	set in either of these styles:

	   $ postgres -c work_mem=1234
	   $ postgres --work-mem=1234

       Either form overrides whatever setting might exist for work_mem in
       postgresql.conf.	Notice that underscores	in parameter names can be
       written as either underscore or dash on the command line. Except	for
       short-term experiments, it's probably better practice to	edit the
       setting in postgresql.conf than to rely on a command-line switch	to set
       a parameter.

SEE ALSO
       initdb(1), pg_ctl(1)

PostgreSQL 9.6.3		     2017			   POSTGRES(1)

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