Does anyone know what apt packages one should install for a postgres(8.4)/postgis(1.5) django (1.4) client on ubuntu 12.04?

All recipes seem to assume that I want to install the full postgres/postgis database server on the machine, but I have a external database server so I only want the packages that can connect to that.

For a full server I use:

apt-get install binutils gdal-bin libproj-dev postgresql-8.4-postgis postgresql-server-dev-8.4 python-psycopg2 python-setuptools

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I've not tried it but try changing your apt-get to

apt-get install binutils gdal-bin libproj-dev postgresql-9.1-postgis postgresql-server-dev-9.1 python-psycopg2 python-setuptools

should do the trick. As its just the client its backwards compatible with older versions of postgresql.

postgresql-8.4-postgis is only available on lucid (10.04) the future releases (11.04) onwards use postgresql-9.1-postgis



apt-get install binutils gdal-bin libproj-dev postgis python-psycopg2 python-setuptools does the trick

  • Tried it, but postgresql-9.1-postgis also has postgresql-9.1 as an dependency. Is it possible to do this without that?
    – RickyA
    Nov 20, 2012 at 13:46
  • Thinking about it can't you just use python3-postgresql you shouldn't need any of the postgis stuff apart from on the server. Nov 20, 2012 at 13:50
  • Had a look if you just want the userland binaries, common files and documentation for postgis then you need to install postgis not postgresql-9.1-postgis Nov 20, 2012 at 13:59
  • Found it: apt-get install binutils gdal-bin libproj-dev postgis python-psycopg2 python-setuptools
    – RickyA
    Nov 20, 2012 at 14:31
  • Cool have updated my answer to reflect that. Nov 20, 2012 at 14:41

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