Can't install Postgres 9 on stock Bamboo AMI

The stock Bamboo AMI ami-e4399e8d is running Amazon Linux 2011.09; when I run yum install postgresql I get Postgres 8.4.

But my build requires Postgres 9, which isn't available except in Amazon Linux 2012.03. According to the Amazon Linux documentation I should be able to run yum update to upgrade to 2012.03, but when I do that on the Bamboo AMI it doesn't do anything.

How can I upgrade to Postgres 9 from a stock Bamboo AMI?

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Lucas' answer got me on the right track. I did need to add a new yum repo, but it wouldn't work out of the box. This article explains what you need to do:

Running rpm -i installs a pgdg-91-redhat.repo file in /etc/yum.repos.d

The problem is that the file contains "$releasever" variables that insert the Amazon Linux version, e.g. "2011.09" instead of a valid RHEL version, e.g. "6.0".

This one-liner fixes the problem:

perl -pi -e 's/\$releasever/6.0/g' /etc/yum.repos.d/pgdg-91-redhat.repo

Hello Dan,

You can configure a new yum repo:

rpm -i

Them install the required package:

yum install postgresql91-server postgresql91-contrib

Start the service:
service postgresql-9.1 initdb

For more info:

Lucas Lima
Atlassian Support

That doesn't work, either when I use the URL you provided or when I grab the RHEL6 URL from here:

[ec2-user@ip-10-123-9-232 ~]$ sudo rpm -i

warning: /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.pmp1FA: Header V4 DSA/SHA1 Signature, key ID 442df0f8: NOKEY

[ec2-user@ip-10-123-9-232 ~]$ sudo yum install postgresql91-server postgresql91-contrib

Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, priorities, security, update-motd

Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile

* amzn-main:

* amzn-updates:

amzn-main | 2.1 kB 00:00

amzn-updates | 2.3 kB 00:00 [Errno 14] PYCURL ERROR 22 - "The requested URL returned error: 404"

Trying other mirror.

Error: Cannot retrieve repository metadata (repomd.xml) for repository: pgdg90. Please verify its path and try again

[ec2-user@ip-10-123-9-232 ~]$

The problem is that it knows it's running Amazon Linux 2011.09, and finds that it doesn't have a copy of Postgres for that version of Amazon Linux. (If I could just upgrade the box to Amazon Linux 2012.03, this would be trivial!)

Since this question didn't get a good answer, I've posed a separate but more specific question here:

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