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Re: [Gnumed-devel] Postgres 8.4.4-1 (Enterprise db) problems -- system h

From: Karsten Hilbert
Subject: Re: [Gnumed-devel] Postgres 8.4.4-1 (Enterprise db) problems -- system hosed?
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 09:58:10 +0200
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On Mon, Jul 05, 2010 at 08:36:38AM +0200, Hilbert, Sebastian wrote:

> > The above problem was (I think) distinct from the problem with UTF8 and
> > clusters. Does the exception above likely arise from some issue of file
> > permissions (ownership) when a user would have downloaded the server files
> > into personal user space, and then tried to run the installer as
> > root-becoming(su to)-postgres ?
> Yes it is seperate and yes it is a permission problem. Since it works in /tmp 
> I can only assume that it wants to write something which is not allowed.

It does not. It tries to read the Current Working Directory.
For which call it does not have permissions (it does have
permissions to the directory itself, just not for the call,
which may arise from lacking permissions *along the path* of
the cwd). I consider it a plain bug in Python on Mac to not
be able to determine the cwd if I have permissions to read
that directory.

> It starts between v6 and v7

Because that is the first time we need to determine the cwd.

> and my guess is when it tries to go to v7 it wants 
> to access more then the conf files (e.g. data files)

Exactly, that's why.

> This is the relevant part from the log:
> File "./", line 934, in import_data
>     script_base_dir = os.path.abspath(os.path.expanduser(script_base_dir))
>   File 
> "/opt/local/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.6/lib/python2.6/",
> line 341, in abspath
>     cwd = os.getcwdu()
> OSError: [Errno 13] Permission denied

Well, check the value of script_base_dir (should be
something like ../server/sql/v6-v7/python/) and look up the
permissions in the file system.

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