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I have a fresh installation of Ubuntu 10.10 (amd64). Even though the Postgresql (8.4.5) server and client are installed, the postgresql directory in /etc folder is missing.

Any clues what could be cause of this problem.

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Well, works for me anyway - Did apt give you any errors while installing the package postgresql-8.4? – andol Oct 9 '10 at 11:27
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The solution was to reinstall after purging the packages.

sudo apt-get remove --purge postgresql-8.4


sudo apt-get install postgresql-8.4

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