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Mattia Orfano
Mattia Orfano

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Postgresql not working on Mac M1 ARM: quick fix

Sometimes, shit happens.

Especially after a long work-day, when you have no energy left and decide to upgrade system libraries without understanding a dime... and boom! Everything breaks and stop working.

This is exactly what happened to me few weeks ago.

I launched a simple brew upgrade to have all formulae updated and after that my postgresql stopped working. From brew services list I saw:

postgresql@14Β Β  error 256 mattia ~/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.postgresql@14.plist
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mhh... wtf!??

So I thought, "maybe I have to start the service again..."

➜ ~ brew services start postgresql

Warning: Use postgresql@14 instead of deprecated postgresql
Bootstrap failed: 5: Input/output error
Try re-running the command as root for richer errors.
Error: Failure while executing; `/bin/launchctl bootstrap gui/501 /Users/mattiaorfano/Library/LaunchAgents/homebrew.mxcl.postgresql@14.plist` exited with 5.
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It seems they changed path to stable postgresql version and there is some wrong configuration in my system. What do I do?

"I'm tired as shit and don't want to fix this at 8PM"

"Tomorrow I can't work"

"Worse... I can't read all the databases"

"I'm fucked!"

I looked around and found few suggestions that involved reinstalling the entire postgresql instance.

"Absolutely not! I don't want to uninstall it and lose the data. There must be another solution..."

I took a long breath, stretched my arms, and created another #10stips that you're about to read (what's 10stips? the column where you learn how to solve issues within 10 seconds, because I already tested it for you).

Fix Postgresql installation on MAC M1 ARM

Instead of deleting and reinstalling the entire postgresql installation (you might lose your data!) I just did this:

brew services stop postgresql

using Activity monitor check if there are active postgres processes and kill them

reboot the system

rm -rf /opt/homebrew/var/postgres/postmaster.pid

brew services start postgresql@14
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Now, you might encounter another issue:

Library not loaded: '/opt/homebrew/opt/postgresql/lib/libpq.5.dylib' (LoadError)
  Referenced from: '/Users/mattiaorfano/.rbenv/versions/2.4.10/lib/ruby/gems/2.4.0/gems/pg-0.20.0/lib/pg_ext.bundle'
  Reason: tried: '/opt/homebrew/opt/postgresql/lib/libpq.5.dylib' (no such file), '/usr/local/lib/libpq.5.dylib' (no such file), '/usr/lib/libpq.5.dylib' (no such file), '/opt/homebrew/Cellar/postgresql@14/14.5_1/lib/libpq.5.dylib' (no such file), '/usr/local/lib/libpq.5.dylib' (no such file), '/usr/lib/libpq.5.dylib' (no such file) - /Users/mattiaorfano/.rbenv/versions/2.4.10/lib/ruby/gems/2.4.0/gems/pg-0.20.0/lib/pg_ext.bundle
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There is an incorrect library pathing for postgresql@14, and all you have to do is:

sudo ln -s /opt/homebrew/opt/postgresql@14/lib/postgresql@14/libpq.5.dylib /usr/local/lib/libpq.5.dylib
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Launch the service again with brew services start postgresql@14 and now you can turn off the computer and go to sleep.

You're welcome ;-)

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Mats Sigge

I ran into the same thing. This seems to be related to this issue github.com/Homebrew/homebrew-core/.... Regarding the broken pg gem, the suggested solution (in this comment) to run bundle pristine pg worked for me. It forces a rebuild of the native extensions of the gem, which binds the gem to the updated lib folder, and you don't have to create the manual symlink in your last step.

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Mattia Orfano Author

thanks for sharing

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Mats Sigge

And I forgot to say thanks for writing this up in the first place. πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

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