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Bad initdb output: 'initdb'

From:
Brian FCC via dbd-pg
Date:
March 28, 2022 19:35
Subject:
Bad initdb output: 'initdb'
Message ID:
1433715987.863582.1648496145859@mail.yahoo.com
Hello,
This is my first submission to this site, so apologies if I'm going about this the wrong way and please do let me know the preferred way.

My work has a PostgreSQL server that I connect to from my development desktop computer via Perl scripts and PgAdmin 4.  This development computer is a 64-bit Windows 10 CPU. 
I installed Strawberry Perl in 2015 and then the necessary CPAN modules needed for my various apps.  
 
I have upgraded Strawberry perl and the CPAN modules on a regular basis since 2015.  I have never had PostgreSQL installed on my development computer.  Nor have I ever set the DBI_* environment variables.  The CPAN install of DBD::Pg always worked seamlessly until last week when I began getting a 'initdb' error.  Here are the specifics:
 
 # DBI                         Version 1.643
 # DBD::Pg                     Version 3.15.1
 # Perl                        Version 5.30.2
 # OS                          MSWin32
 # PostgreSQL (compiled)       ?
 # PostgreSQL (target)         ?
 # PostgreSQL (reported)       ?
 # Default port                ?
 # DBI_DSN                     dbi:Pg:dbname=db_xyz_appname
 # DBI_USER                    fte_MyName
 # Test schema                 dbd_pg_testschema
 # LANG                        C
 # Adjusted:                   initdb
 # Error was: Bad initdb output: 'initdb' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
 # operable program or batch file.


Is there a reason the 'initdb' error is appearing now after nearly 7 years?  Do I need to install PostgreSQL on my development computer just to get past this error?  Thinking that there may be a bug in the current version of Strawberry Perl or the CPAN modules, I installed a prior version of them all and am still getting the 'initdb' error.

Many thanks in advance for any information about this issue.

Brian





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