I'm in the process of installing postgresql onto a second server

Previously I installed postgresql and then used the supplied script


Placed into the correct dir

# cp ./contrib/start-scripts/linux /etc/rc.d/init.d/postgresql92
# chmod 755 /etc/rc.d/init.d/postgresql92

Which I could then execute as expected with

# service postgresql92 start

However the new machine is using Systemd and it looks like there is a completely different way to do this

I don't want to hack at this and ruin something so I was wondering if anyone out there could point me in the right direction of how to achieve the same result

3 Answers 3


When installing from source, you will need to add a systemd unit file that works with the source install. For RHEL, Fedora my unit file looks like:


Description=PostgreSQL database server



# Where to send early-startup messages from the server (before the logging
# options of postgresql.conf take effect)
# This is normally controlled by the global default set by systemd
# StandardOutput=syslog

# Disable OOM kill on the postmaster
# ... but allow it still to be effective for child processes
# (note that these settings are ignored by Postgres releases before 9.5)

# Maximum number of seconds pg_ctl will wait for postgres to start.  Note that
# PGSTARTTIMEOUT should be less than TimeoutSec value.


ExecStart=/usr/local/pgsql/bin/pg_ctl start -D ${PGDATA} -s -w -t ${PGSTARTTIMEOUT}
ExecStop=/usr/local/pgsql/bin/pg_ctl stop -D ${PGDATA} -s -m fast
ExecReload=/usr/local/pgsql/bin/pg_ctl reload -D ${PGDATA} -s

# Give a reasonable amount of time for the server to start up/shut down.
# Ideally, the timeout for starting PostgreSQL server should be handled more
# nicely by pg_ctl in ExecStart, so keep its timeout smaller than this value.


Then enable the service on startup and start the PostgreSQL service:

$ sudo systemctl daemon-reload # load the updated service file from disk
$ sudo systemctl enable postgresql
$ sudo systemctl start postgresql
# systemctl start postgresql.service

Some environments would translate service <name> start to systemctl start <name>.service, but you don't have to rely on it.

  • But where would I place the postgresql92 script? Aug 6, 2015 at 4:57
  • You don't use it anymore in systemd. Your distribution should provide you with the postgresql systemd service file so that youcan start the service.
    – Emeric
    Aug 6, 2015 at 5:12
  • The postgresql was installed from source though, not using dnf because I need to install 3 versions of postgres in specific directories, is it possible to use the supplied start-scripts linux file to start postgresql? Aug 6, 2015 at 7:23
  • My distribution adds this script as /usr/lib/systemd/system/postgresql.service. The start-scripts provided by postgresql seem to only cover SysV.
    – Emeric
    Aug 6, 2015 at 7:46
  • did you install postgres using dnf or yum? Aug 6, 2015 at 7:55

Posted systemctl unit file above help me a lot but to create the one you need you just have to put it on :

systemctl enable postgresql92.service
systemctl start postgresql92.service

Think about changing binay pg_ctl path according to your install, and if you want to run another instance, you must also change default listening port :

ExecStart=/usr/local/pgsql/bin/pg_ctl -o "-p 5489"

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