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postgres HP-UX 11.31 what's the purpose

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jason_lee
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postgres HP-UX 11.31 what's the purpose

Hi,
What's the purpose of postgres process? Can we shut it down? What's the impact? We have HP-UX 11.31 IA-64.

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Duncan Edmonstone
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Re: postgres HP-UX 11.31 what's the purpose

Is it running as user sfmdb?

If so then no, I wouldn't stop it as it provides the backend data store for the system fault management database - It's pretty lightweight and shouldn't consume any significant resources... learn about SFM here:

http://docs.hp.com/en/5900-0167/5900-0167.pdf

HTH

Duncan

HTH

Duncan
jason_lee
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Re: postgres HP-UX 11.31 what's the purpose

Duncan thanks for the reply. As we are performing security hardening on the server, we want to know/close ports that are not critical. For those that we want it to remain open, we need to justify.

Michael Leu
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Re: postgres HP-UX 11.31 what's the purpose

Thanks for pointing this out. I think it's really stupid that a OS-internal databases is listening on a port that can be accessed from outside.

# lsof -i | grep sfmdb
postgres 14064 sfmdb 4u IPv6 0t0 TCP *:10864 (LISTEN)
postgres 14064 sfmdb 5u IPv4 0t0 TCP *:10864 (LISTEN)

Is there any way to turn this off?
Steven E. Protter
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Re: postgres HP-UX 11.31 what's the purpose

Shalom,

postgress generally works with local httpd servers and doesn't need to listen on a port. Check configuration if it is. It may not need to be unless an EXTERNAL server is accessing the postgress database data.

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