Clustered postgres-8 resource fails to start with "PID File Exists For postgres-8:<name>" in RHEL 5 or 6

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  • When I reboot a node and it tries to start the postgres-8 resource, it fails with "PID File Exists"
Nov 19 15:11:40 node1 clurgmgrd: [5254]: <err> Checking Non-Existence of PID File /var/run/cluster/postgres-8/ [postgres-8:Postgres] > Failed - PID File Exists For postgres-8:Postgres 
Nov 19 15:11:40 node1 clurgmgrd: [5254]: <err> Starting Service postgres-8:Postgres > Failed 
Nov 19 15:11:40 node1 clurgmgrd[5254]: <notice> start on postgres-8 "Postgres" returned 1 (generic error) 
Nov 19 15:11:40 node1 clurgmgrd[5254]: <warning> #68: Failed to start service:myDB; return value: 1 


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 5 or 6 with the High Availability Add On
  • RHEL 5: rgmanager (any release)
  • RHEL 6:
  • One or more services with a postgres-8 resource in /etc/cluster/cluster.conf

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