Postgresql migration from 9.6 to 10 fails

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SUSE Manager 3.2


While running /usr/lib/susemanager/bin/ on SUSE Manager 3.2 / SLES12 SP3, the migration fails with error:

encodings for database "postgres" do not match:  old "UTF8", new "LATIN1" Failure, exiting
Upgrading database to version 10 failed!


Following workaround can be used, until the fix is released for SUSE Manager :

Change line 88 of script "/usr/lib/susemanager/bin/" :

Before : 
su -s /bin/bash - postgres -c "initdb -D /var/lib/pgsql/data"

After :
su -s /bin/bash - postgres -c "initdb -D /var/lib/pgsql/data --locale=en_US.UTF-8"

The change simply enforces using the correct locale and encoding settings for the new database. Following this, please remove the directory containing the incorrectly initialized database :

rm -rf /var/lib/pgsql/data-new-failed

Then, once again call the migration script, and this time the migration should work.


Encoding of the system has been changed from UTF8 to LATIN1. 
The new database needs to use the same encoding as before, so we are seeing this failure. 
There are measures in place to ensure that always UTF8 encoding is being used, 
but due to some flaw in the logic for now this only works correctly for the initial database creation.

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  • Document ID:7023640
  • Creation Date: 15-Jan-2019
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Manager

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