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Re: Best practice for running pgsql under cygwin?

Greetings, Ryan Johnson!

> I'm trying to set up pgsql for classroom instruction, which means I need
> to allow students to connect to my machine, preferably with no OS-level 
> privileges and minimal database privileges.

If your class is about setting up the server, you should really use virtual
If it's about using SQL on already running server, it makes no difference, if
you've your server as Cygwin port or native application - clients will never

> Setting up the database roles looks straightforward enough, but I'm having
> trouble figuring out how to secure the machine.

It is unclear to me, why you need to let students access the machine.

> In particular, the advice to run pgsql as an
> unprivileged user seems very good, but all the official docs I can find 
> for doing so require su/sudo and useradd. Installing pgsql as a service 
> using the script in /etc/rc.d runs it as the SYSTEM user, which is 
> anything but unprivileged [1][2]; it seems like the LocalService or 
> NetworkService account [3] would be a much better choice.

> The pgsql README in /usr/doc/cygwin contains no useful information on 
> the topic; there are lots of third-party pages offering "helpful" advice 
> for cygwin+pgsql, but we all know how reliable those are (especially 
> since the most recent one I can find dates from 2008).

> Does anybody have some advice on how I might proceed? Note that I don't 
> actually need it to run as a Windows service, it's just that most docs I 
> can find seem to point that way. If it would be better to create a pgsql 
> account (perhaps with help from, 
> I'd be happy to go that way as well.

Andrey Repin ( 22.12.2012, <18:31>

Sorry for my terrible english...

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