Simple question, but no resources found about this. Is there any way to install only a PostgreSQL client, the terminal-based one, psql, on a CentOS7 system, without installing the complete PostgreSQL server? There is no dedicated postgresql-client or postgresql94-client or anything similar on the repositories.

  • A full postgres install comes down to 26 Mb on my system. If the daemon is not started, there is no reason why it would hurt to hgave some extra files around. Is there a particular reason why you do want to spare some extra megabytes? – joepd Dec 15 '15 at 13:50
  • I didn't notice the comment early enough, sorry. Well, not really (except having the need to disable the daemon). Just call it OCD, I don't like surplus software laying around. – Aleksandar Stojadinovic Apr 12 '16 at 7:56

I think the naming convention might simply be backwards from what you expect there: there's a package

postgresql-server The programs needed to create and run a PostgreSQL server

and a package

postgresql PostgreSQL client programs

(and postgresql does not have a dependency on postgresql-server, at least not in CentOS 6, though they both depend on a common postgresql-libs package).

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    On 64-bit red hat it will be postgresql.x86_64. The command to figure this out is login as root and run yum list | grep postgresql. – arun Sep 14 '16 at 19:24
  • @arun: yes. (Once the OS is installed, you will automatically get the version matching your architecture, unless you explicitly ask for the .i686 or .x86_64) – Ulrich Schwarz Sep 15 '16 at 17:46

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