I'd like to create a new database in PostGIS, so I can load stuff into it while the current database is being used. According to the docs
Some packaged distributions of PostGIS (in particular the Win32 installers for PostGIS >= 1.1.5) load the PostGIS functions into a template database called template_postgis. If the template_postgis database exists in your PostgreSQL installation then it is possible for users and/or applications to create spatially-enabled databases using a single command.
In my case this appears not to be so:
$ createdb -T template_postgis my_spatial_db createdb: database creation failed: ERROR: template database "template_postgis" does not exist
In the past I have messed around with copying the primary
gis database, then deleting the contents of all the tables. There must be a better way. What do you do if you accidentally drop it?