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Im still having issues installing postgres and really do not understand all that is going on. ( Postgres could not connect to server: No such file or directory )

I've been using the homebrew installer and then some people have recommended Heroku's Postgres.app install. Regardless I have no idea how to debug why it does not install as I do not understand what it's trying to do.

I mainly use Postgres for my rails app.

I'll accept the answer that best explains how postgres is installed and the different approaches in a way that can help me to better debug issues myself.

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What operating system? –  Edwin Dalorzo Jan 11 '13 at 2:50
    
Must be Mac OS X given the mention of Postgres.app –  Craig Ringer Jan 11 '13 at 3:42
    
Oh sorry, yes OSX Mountain Lion –  Evolve Jan 11 '13 at 6:26
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