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PostgreSQL Reference Manual - Volume 3 - Server Administration Guide
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1.6.1 Shared Libraries

On some systems that have shared libraries (which most systems do) you need to tell your system how to find the newly installed shared libraries. The systems on which this is not necessary include BSD/OS, FreeBSD, HP-UX, IRIX, Linux, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Tru64 UNIX (formerly Digital UNIX), and Solaris.

The method to set the shared library search path varies between platforms, but the most widely usable method is to set the environment variable LD_LIBRARY_PATH like so: In Bourne shells (sh, ksh, bash, zsh)


or in csh or tcsh

setenv LD_LIBRARY_PATH /usr/local/pgsql/lib

Replace /usr/local/pgsql/lib with whatever you set --libdir to in section 1.5 Installation Procedure. You should put these commands into a shell start-up file such as ‘/etc/profile’ or ‘~/.bash_profile’. Some good information about the caveats associated with this method can be found at http://www.visi.com/~barr/ldpath.html.

On some systems it might be preferable to set the environment variable LD_RUN_PATH before building.

On Cygwin, put the library directory in the PATH or move the ‘.dll’ files into the ‘bin’ directory.

If in doubt, refer to the manual pages of your system (perhaps ld.so or rld). If you later on get a message like

psql: error in loading shared libraries
libpq.so.2.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or

then this step was necessary. Simply take care of it then.

If you are on BSD/OS, Linux, or SunOS 4 and you have root access you can run

/sbin/ldconfig /usr/local/pgsql/lib

(or equivalent directory) after installation to enable the run-time linker to find the shared libraries faster. Refer to the manual page of ldconfig for more information. On FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD the command is

/sbin/ldconfig -m /usr/local/pgsql/lib

instead. Other systems are not known to have an equivalent command.

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