Postgresql will cause the server to hang when rebooting if the postgres user password has expired

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SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Support pack 1 (SLES11SP1)


Using SuSE Linux Enterpris Server 11 with support pack 1 (SLES11SP1), if the postgres users password has expired, on reboot, the server will stop at 'start rcpostgresql'.  As such, the server will not fully boot.


To resolve this problem on SLES11 SP1, modify the /etc/pam.d/su and /etc/pamd.d/su-1 files and add a line that contains:
account  sufficient
Making the /etc/pam.d/su or su-1 file look similar to this:
auth     sufficient
auth     include        common-auth
account  sufficient
account  include        common-account
password include        common-password
session  include        common-session
session  optional

At this point, the fix may be verified by rebooting the server.

NOTE: This has been identified by the developers, and have confirmed that in the beta release of SLES11 support pack 2 this issue no longer exists.


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  • Document ID:7009571
  • Creation Date: 14-Oct-2011
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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