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  • I frequently have this conversation with Pg boosters who just won't recognize how annoying the initial setup for Pg is vs. the setup for MySQL. It's a fine database, and the auth system is powerful, but it's pretty obvious why newbies find MySQL easier to get going with.
    • I agree that installation is one of PG's weak areas, and I think part of the reason here is the way it's packaged on many distros. On Gentoo Linux, I can run 'emerge postgresql', followed by 'ebuild postgresql-8.1.3.ebuild config' and it takes care of creating a postgres user, creating a postgres database, and initializing the database. Doing this process manually (which is the case for many distributions) is tedious and probably turns off some users. If you have a reasonable sized database you'll also n

    • I've heard a lot of people say that Pg is hard to set up, and I just don't get it. I've used the Debian package install and the RPM package on RedHat and in both cases, it was just a question of "start server, create user, create database". Piece of cake.


      • The details of "create user, create database" are more complex than they are for MySQL. As Phred pointed out, he has a script to do it on Gentoo. The last Red Hat RPM of it that I tried required me to dig up some RPM-specific docs and edit a text file.