6.1.4 Using pg_ctl to Control Advanced Server

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You can use the pg_ctl utility to control an Advanced Server service from the command line on any platform. pg_ctl allows you to start, stop, or restart the Advanced Server database server, reload the configuration parameters, or display the status of a running server. To invoke the utility, assume the identity of the cluster owner, navigate into the home directory of Advanced Server, and issue the command:
./bin/pg_ctl -D data_directory action
data_directory is the location of the data controlled by the Advanced Server cluster.
action specifies the action taken by the pg_ctl utility. Specify:
start to start the service.
stop to stop the service.
restart to stop and then start the service.
reload sends the server a SIGHUP signal, reloading configuration parameters
status to discover the current status of the service.
For more information about using the pg_ctl utility, or the command line options available, please see the official PostgreSQL Core Documentation available at:
You can use the pg_ctl utility to manage the status of an Advanced Server cluster, but it is important to note that pg_ctl does not alert the operating system service controller to changes in the status of a server, so it is beneficial to use the service command whenever possible.


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