Whenever I install PostgreSQL, it stops working after about 6 months. This is the second time this happened! Last time this happened, I uninstalled and then installed version 4.29. How can I debug the PostgreSQL client or server and get a stack trace?

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Splash screen opens and never closes unless I click on it.

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I can't show more of the top section of the log because the error dialog pops up. When closing the error, the system tray icon for PostgreSQL crashes and closes everything.

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After further troubleshooting, I found 8 "PostgreSQL Server" tasks, 1 pg_ctl task, 1 pgAdmin 4 Desktop Runtime in the Task Manager. Killed them all and restarted this and restarted the service in Admin Tools > Services. Same behavior.

C:\Program Files\PostgreSQL\12\bin\postgres.exe

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Found these. We'll give it a shot.



Windows debugging.

Open Environment Variables (WINDOWS key + BREAK) Set environment variable "_NT_SYMBOL_PATH" for 4.2.

C:\Program Files\PostgreSQL\12\debug_symbols;SRV*c:\localsymbols*http://msdl.microsoft.com/download/symbols
  • open pgAdmin 4 > look for process in Task Manager and get process id
  • open Microsoft Visual Studio (run as administrator) > Debug > Attach to Process > check "Show processes from all users" > sort by process id > Attach
  • now go back in pgAdmin

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Got a new popup I've never seen before from Visual Studio!

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Created new virtual environment based on Python 3.8.

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Created a new Visual Studio Project using Python, not C++. I might need a newer version of Python based on this fix.



Since this new version does not show in the Base Interpreter, I created a new environment based on the zip file.

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None of that worked. Then I stumbled upon the registry configuration for pgAdmin. I read that pgAdmin uses Python version 2.7. And the PythonPath variable was blank, so I set it to C:\Python\Python27. So it must be using a value from somewhere else to get the path. It's looking in sys.path in Python whatever that is.

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Then I set ApplicationPath to C:\Program Files\pgAdmin 4\v4\web, to the folder where pgadmin4.py is located.

Here is the icon I'm clicking on each time. "C:\Program Files\pgAdmin 4\v4\runtime\pgAdmin4.exe" "C:\Program Files\PostgreSQL\12\pgAdmin 4\bin\pgAdmin4.exe"

ERROR flask.app: Error starting the app server: (<class 'OSError'>, OSError(10013, 'An attempt was made to access a socket in a way forbidden by its access permissions', None, 10013, None),

There are two pgAdmin folders. There are traces left over from the other pgAdmin uninstall.

C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\files.txt
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\collections
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\encodings
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\importlib
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\json
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\site-packages
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\collections\__pycache__
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\collections\__pycache__\__init__.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\encodings\__pycache__
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\encodings\__pycache__\aliases.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\encodings\__pycache__\cp1252.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\encodings\__pycache__\latin_1.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\encodings\__pycache__\utf_8.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\encodings\__pycache__\__init__.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\importlib\__pycache__
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\importlib\__pycache__\abc.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\importlib\__pycache__\machinery.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\importlib\__pycache__\util.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\importlib\__pycache__\__init__.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\json\__pycache__
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\json\__pycache__\decoder.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\json\__pycache__\encoder.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\json\__pycache__\scanner.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\json\__pycache__\__init__.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\site-packages\__pycache__
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\site-packages\__pycache__\_virtualenv.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\abc.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\codecs.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\contextlib.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\copyreg.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\datetime.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\enum.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\functools.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\genericpath.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\heapq.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\io.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\keyword.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\ntpath.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\operator.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\os.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\re.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\reprlib.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\signal.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\site.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\sre_compile.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\sre_constants.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\sre_parse.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\stat.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\subprocess.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\threading.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\types.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\warnings.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\_bootlocale.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\_collections_abc.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\_sitebuiltins.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\_weakrefset.cpython-38.pyc
C:\Program Files (x86)\pgAdmin 4\v4\venv\Lib\__pycache__\__future__.cpython-38.pyc

FINALLY SOLVED IT! Flask within the Qt framework is NOT getting the port! I put some troubleshooting code into the source code.

C:\Program Files\pgAdmin 4\v4\web\pgAdmin4.py

# Initialize Flask service only once
# If `WERKZEUG_RUN_MAIN` is None, i.e: app is initializing for first time
# so set `use_reloader` = False, thus reload won't call.
# Reference:
# https://github.com/pallets/werkzeug/issues/220#issuecomment-11176538
with open("myfile.txt", "w") as file1:
            (not app.PGADMIN_RUNTIME) and app.debug and
            os.environ.get("WERKZEUG_RUN_MAIN") is not None

except IOError:
    app.logger.error("Error starting the app server: %s", sys.exc_info())

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