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phpPgAdmin Installation Guide
1. Unpack your download
If you've downloaded a tar.gz package, execute from a terminal:
gunzip phpPgAdmin-*.tar.gz
tar -xvf phpPgAdmin-*.tar
Else, if you've downloaded a tar.bz2 package, execute from a terminal:
bunzip2 phpPgAdmin-*.tar.bz2
tar -xvf phpPgAdmin-*.tar
Else, if you've downloaded a zip package, execute from a terminal:
unzip phpPgAdmin-*.zip
2. Configure phpPgAdmin
edit phpPgAdmin/conf/
If you mess up the configuration file, you can recover it from the file.
3. If you run your PHP installation in safe mode, in order that the database
dump feature can work correctly, you need to set the 'safe_mode_allowed_env_vars'
php.ini variable to include the PGPASSWORD and PGUSER environmental variables
and the safe_mode_exec_dir to include /usr/bin (or wherever the pg_dump
binaries are found).
eg. safe_mode_allowed_env_vars = PHP_,PG
safe_mode_exec_dir = /usr/bin
Given that you usually don't want to allow everything in /usr/bin to
be executed, you might want to copy the pg_dump and pg_dumpall utilities
to a directory by themselves.
Also, you will need to ensure that your 'pg_dump' and 'pg_dumpall' utilities
are executable by the PHP process, if you want dump support in phpPgAdmin.
Lastly, if you run phpPgAdmin in safe mode, very long running imports,
exports and transactions may time out and be aborted.
4. Ensure the statistics collector is enabled in PostgreSQL. phpPgAdmin will
display table, index performance, and usage statistics if you have enabled
the PostgreSQL statistics collector. While this is normally enabled by
default, to ensure it is running, make sure the following lines in your
postgresql.conf are uncommented:
5. Browse to the phpPgAdmin installation using a web browser. You might
need cookies enabled for phpPgAdmin to work.
PostgreSQL by default does not require you to use a password to log in.
We STRONGLY recommend that you enable md5 passwords for local connections
in your pg_hba.conf, and set a password for the default superuser account.
Due to the large number of phpPgAdmin installations that have not set
passwords on local connections, there is now a configuration file
option called 'extra_login_security', which is TRUE by default. While
this option is enabled, you will be unable to log in to phpPgAdmin as
the 'root', 'administrator', 'pgsql' or 'postgres' users and empty passwords
will not work.
Once you are certain you have properly secured your database server, you
can then disable 'extra_login_security' so that you can log in as your
database administrator using the administrator password.