Services for PostgreSQL 11 and 12 fail to start: "Assertion failed on job for postgresql@11-main.service"

See build failures at https://travis-ci.org/dvarrazzo/pgmp/jobs/643995581

$ travis_setup_postgresql 11
Starting PostgreSQL v11
Assertion failed on job for postgresql@11-main.service.
sudo systemctl start postgresql@11-main

The .travis.yml file that configured the build is
https://github.com/dvarrazzo/pgmp/blob/6e5e612ee428232a5ca30cb3d79a768e7145df43/.travis.yml:

matrix:
  include:
    # ...
    - addons:
        postgresql: '11'
        apt:
          packages:
            - postgresql-client-11
            - postgresql-server-dev-11
    # ...

Looks like we are not installing all the packages required to start the PostgreSQL 11 service.

Oh, sorry, it is your configuration.

Our documentation


advises you to have this:

addons:
  postgresql: "11"
  apt:
    packages:
    - postgresql-11
    - postgresql-client-11

which indeed works.

Please try that.

It worked indeed, with the addition of the port too: thank you for your help :slight_smile:

https://travis-ci.org/dvarrazzo/pgmp/builds/644507910

Isn’t it curious that PG 11 and 12 need such a different configuration from all the other available servers, 9.4-10 (other packages needed, non-standard port)? Here is the config file:

I’m writing from memory, but that is most likely due to the base image not containing these newer versions.

I thought about this a little more, but maybe the addon should be smarter about what packages to install for various versions of PostgreSQL.

I can only give you the PoV of the end user, I don’t know what is in the base image and how difficult is to extend. I suppose if someone asks for a PG 11 service, they expect at least the server and the client packages to be installed (I had already discovered I had to specify to install the postgres-client-NN packages because I had a "psql not found" error in the first build attempts, but the “assert failed” at service start because the server package is missing is quite the obscure behaviour).

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