Installing and configuring PostgreSQL server on Mac

You can use the Fink package system to install postgresql if you are already using Fink (inside a terminal: sudo fink install postgresql and then configure the server).

OR you can install postgresql, with the clean solution offered by Marc Liyanage.

I prefer the 2nd option. If you also choose that, follow carefully the installation instructions and you'll have PgSQL working in minutes.

If you'd like to have 2 scripts for manually starting and stoping the database create the files:

Starting script (

su postgres -c "/usr/local/bin/pg_ctl -D /usr/local/pgsql/data -l ~/postgres.log start" (line wrapped)

Stop script (

su postgres -c "/usr/local/bin/pg_ctl -D /usr/local/pgsql/data stop" You need execute permissions in these scripts [by chmod 755] and you can invoke them with ./ and ./ commands within the terminal. Note that the postgres password will be prompted.