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Error pops up as "Invalid entry in pg_hba.conf file for local host" while reloading the pg_hba.conf after editing


Product Version
Pivotal Greenplum (GPDB) All versions


When reloading the pg_hba.conf after making a change to the file, user gets the following error messages:

2015-06-16 11:02:32.753451 AST,,,p87538,th-674248928,,,,0,,,seg-1,,,,,"LOG","00000","received SIGHUP, reloading configuration files",,,,,,,0,,"postmaster.c",4316,
2015-06-16 11:02:32.755368 AST,,,p87538,th-674248928,,,,0,,,seg-1,,,,,"LOG","F0000","invalid authentication method """"",,,,,"line 103 of configuration file ""/data/master/gpseg-1/pg_hba.conf""",,0,,"hba.c",1095,
2015-06-16 11:02:32.756075 AST,,,p87538,th-674248928,,,,0,,,seg-1,,,,,"WARNING","01000","pg_hba.conf not reloaded",,,,,,,0,,"postmaster.c",4345,


The above error message is a result of the following entry in the pg_hba.conf file:

local  all     gpadmin       md5  

This issue occurs for a local connection to the GPDB. User cannot specify an IP address in the pg_hba.conf file for an entry for local.

The authentication method can be "ident, trust or md5". The local host does not use an IP address when trying to connect to the database, it uses a socket only.


The correct entry for a local connection can be any of the following:

local    all         gpadmin         ident
local    all         gpadmin         trust
local    all         gpadmin         md5


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