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PostGIS in Action by Leo Hsu, Regina Obe

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Appendix B. Installing, compiling, and upgrading

There are several ways to install PostgreSQL/PostGIS. When we were starting out, the only way was to compile the code yourself. Life has become much simpler, and the general user doesn’t need to experience the joys and frustrations of compiling their own source code. Compiling from source is still an adventurous journey and builds character, but most take the easy road.

Installing PostgreSQL and PostGIS

It goes without saying that you need a functioning PostgreSQL server to use PostGIS. The installation options we discuss describe the base PostgreSQL installation as well as the additional PostGIS installation.

Desktop Linux, Windows, Mac OS X using one-click installers

If you’re on a Windows ...

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