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My system config is as follows:

System (running on Amazon EC2)

Ubuntu 10.04


Postgresql-8.2 installed and it is working.

ubuntu@ip:~$ sudo /etc/init.d/postgresql-8.2 status:
Running clusters: 8.2/main

When I try to shutdown the server, I get the error:

ubuntu@ip:~$ sudo /etc/init.d/postgresql-8.2 stop
* Stopping PostgreSQL 8.2 database server
* Insecure directory in $ENV{PATH} while running with -T switch at /usr/bin/pg_ctlcluster line 63.                         [fail]

Because of the above problem I am unable to do a clean uninstall of PostgreSQL. Any suggestion on how to fix this problem?

I have tried the following:

sudo apt-get autoremove postgresql-8.2
sudo apt-get -f install
sudo apt-get purge postgresql-*

None of them resolved the problem.

Thanks in advance

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Check if dangibbs.co.uk/journal/… helps you solving the problem. –  Andy Friese Dec 16 '12 at 11:59
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