Postgres says my password is invalid

TBS andyh at
Sun Jan 30 17:35:50 UTC 2022


It sounds like you may well actually have more than one Postgres installation on your machine……(been there done that in the past myself !)

Your descriptions of ports being used is the clue here…….you may well have a Postgres installation actually starting up not the databases you expect (just a guess)

Again you postgresql.conf file should tell you - search for how many oof those you can find in your machine, I’m betting more than one :)

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On Jan 30, 2022, 12:27 PM -0500, Das Goravani <goravanis at>, wrote:
> With Alex’s recommendation on how to log in as the Postgres user in Terminal, I was able to do that, and access pg_ctl.
> However I was not able to stop or start the Postgres service because of parameters the commands require.
> Here is from —help on pg_ctl:
> pg_ctl start [-D DATADIR] [-l FILENAME] [-W] [-t SECS] [-s]
> [-o OPTIONS] [-p PATH] [-c]
> pg_ctl stop [-D DATADIR] [-m SHUTDOWN-MODE] [-W] [-t SECS] [-s]
> I don’t understand what it is saying, or asking for.
> I would need an example, of what to type, for those parameters.
> If I just want to stop and then start Postgres, and have not yet been able to make a database, so as for DATADIR I am only on what the EDB installer installs at first, I am on those defaults, and I don’t know what the above is asking for to be typed.
> An example or directly “what to type” would be nice, appreciated, if anybody knows it.
> I just want to stop it and start it at will… that would be good. So I don’t have to reboot to start it up. Not even sure if it is starting up, due to the error Im getting about “can’t connect to localhost”.
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