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  1. The initdb command line tool is primarily used to initialize a new PostgreSQL database cluster.
  2. It is typically executed after installing PostgreSQL to create the initial set of system tables and required files.
  3. The tool is responsible for setting up the database for first-time use and prepares the environment to create, store, and manage data.
  4. By running initdb, you create a new, empty database cluster with default configuration parameters.
  5. The tool can be customized using various command line options to specify different settings for the database cluster.
  6. It enables configuration of file locations, authentication methods, logging parameters, buffer sizes, and many other settings.
  7. The initdb command also creates the postgres user, which is the superuser role that can administer the entire PostgreSQL instance.
  8. It sets up the necessary directories and initializes the system catalog, which stores metadata about the available databases, tables, and other objects in PostgreSQL.
  9. The initdb tool also creates the default database template for creating new databases, which is typically called template1.
  10. After running initdb, you can proceed to start the PostgreSQL server and begin working with the database cluster.

List of commands for initdb:

  • initdb:tldr:216dc initdb: Create a database at `/usr/local/var/postgres`.
    $ initdb -D /usr/local/var/postgres
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