Why does postgresql fail with '/var/lib/pgsql/data is missing' message in first time after reboot?

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  • After reboot,unable to start postgresql and getting following message:
/var/lib/pgsql/data is missing. Use “service postgresql initdb” to initialize the cluster first.
  • On second service restart,it starts fine.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

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