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Postgresql 8.4.8 recipe for homebrew, lives in /usr/local/Library/Formula/postgresql.rb
require 'formula'
require 'hardware'
class Postgresql <Formula
homepage ''
url ''
md5 '4603e8ea30cee97189b62b39022f2043'
depends_on 'readline'
depends_on 'libxml2' if MACOS_VERSION < 10.6 #system libxml is too old
aka 'postgres'
def options
['--no-python', 'Build without Python support.'],
['--no-perl', 'Build without Perl support.']
def install
ENV.libxml2 # wouldn't compile for justinlilly otherwise
configure_args = [
configure_args << "--with-python" unless ARGV.include? '--no-python'
configure_args << "--with-perl" unless ARGV.include? '--no-perl'
if bits_64? and not ARGV.include? '--no-python'
configure_args << "ARCHFLAGS='-arch x86_64'"
# On 64-bit systems, we need to look for a 32-bit Framework Python.
# The configure script prefers this Python version, and if it doesn't
# have 64-bit support then linking will fail.
framework_python = "/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/Current/Python"
if framework_python.exist? and not (archs_for_command framework_python).include? :x86_64
opoo "Detected a framework Python that does not have 64-bit support in:"
puts <<-EOS.undent
The configure script seems to prefer this version of Python over any others,
so you may experience linker problems as described in:
To fix this issue, you may need to either delete the version of Python
shown above, or move it out of the way before brewing PostgreSQL.
Note that a framework Python in /Library/Frameworks/Python.framework is
the "MacPython" verison, and not the system-provided version which is in:
# Fails on Core Duo with O4 and O3
ENV.O2 if Hardware.intel_family == :core
system "./configure", *configure_args
system "make install"
(prefix+'org.postgresql.postgres.plist').write startup_plist
(prefix+'org.postgresql.postgres.plist').chmod 0644
def skip_clean? path
# NOTE at some point someone should tweak this so it only skips clean
# for the bits that break the build otherwise
def bits_64?
MACOS_VERSION >= 10.6 && Hardware.is_64_bit?
def caveats
caveats = <<-EOS
To build plpython against a specific Python, set PYTHON prior to brewing:
PYTHON=/usr/local/bin/python brew install postgresql
If this is your first install, create a database with:
initdb #{var}/postgres
Automatically load on login with:
launchctl load -w #{prefix}/org.postgresql.postgres.plist
Or start manually with:
pg_ctl -D #{var}/postgres -l #{var}/postgres/server.log start
And stop with:
pg_ctl -D #{var}/postgres stop -s -m fast
if bits_64? then
caveats << <<-EOS
If you want to install the postgres gem, including ARCHFLAGS is recommended:
env ARCHFLAGS="-arch x86_64" gem install postgres
To install gems without sudo, see the Homebrew wiki.
def startup_plist
return <<-EOPLIST
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
<plist version="1.0">
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