I am not able to reproduce the problem. Do you mean pg windows service
installed by installer is not working or bin\pg_ctl binary is not accepting
spaces in the patch ?. Following worked for me i.e.
C:\Users\asif\Desktop\Program files\9.3>"bin\pg_ctl" -D
> "C:\Users\asif\Desktop\Program files\9.3\data1" -l logfile start
> server starting
Can you please share the exact steps ?. Thanks.
Muhammad Asif Naeem
On Mon, Oct 28, 2013 at 10:26 AM, Naoya Anzai <anzai-na...@mxu.nes.nec.co.jp
> Hi All,
> I have found a case that PostgreSQL Service does not start.
> When it happens, the following error appears.
> "is not a valid Win32 application"
> This failure occurs when the following conditions are true.
> 1. There is "postgres.exe" in any directory that contains a space,
> such as "Program Files".
> C:\Program Files\PostgreSQL\bin\postgres.exe
> 2. A file using the first white space-delimited
> tokens of that directory as the file name exists,
> and there is it in the same hierarchy.
> C:\Program //file
> "pg_ctl.exe" as PostgreSQL Service creates a postgres
> process using an absolute path which indicates the
> location of "postgres.exe",but the path is not enclosed
> in quotation.
> Therefore,if the above-mentioned conditions are true,
> CreateProcessAsUser(a Windows Function called by pg_ctl.exe)
> tries to create a process using the other file such
> as "Program", so the service fails to start.
> Accordingly, I think that the command path should be
> enclosed in quotation.
> I created a patch to fix this failure,
> So could anyone confirm?
> Naoya Anzai
> Engineering Department
> NEC Soft, Ltd.
> E-Mail: anzai-na...@mxu.nes.nec.co.jp
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