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  1. #1
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    Mar 2017

    How do I get pqxx (the C++ API for Postgres) to work with database authentication?

    How do I get pqxx (the C++ API for Postgres) to work when my database authentication requires a password?

    I installed C++, Postgres, and postgresql-devel on CentOS 7.3. I installed libpqxx-4.0 too.

    I then created this add_employee.cxx file and based it on the "brief example" here.

    #include <iostream>
    #include <pqxx/pqxx>
    int main(int, char *argv[])
      pqxx::connection c("dbname=foobar user=jdoe password=smartpassword");
      pqxx::work txn(c);
      pqxx::result r = txn.exec(
        "SELECT id "
        "FROM Employee "
        "WHERE name =" + txn.quote(argv[1]));
      if (r.size() != 1)
          << "Expected 1 employee with name " << argv[1] << ", "
          << "but found " << r.size() << std::endl;
        return 1;
      int employee_id = r[0][0].as<int>();
      std::cout << "Updating employee #" << employee_id << std::endl;
        "SET salary = salary + 1 "
        "WHERE id = " + txn.quote(employee_id));
    I compiled it with this:

    c++ add_employee.cxx -lpqxx -lpq
    I ran ./a.out and saw this:

    terminate called after throwing an instance of 'pqxx::broken_connection' what(): FATAL: Peer authentication failed for user "foobar"

    I normally need a password for the database role "jdoe" to log in. What do I do to get around the error? I want to have a C++ program log in automatically. I do not have passwordless authentication into the database. Is there a way to have this C++ program log into the Postgres database despite requiring a password?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2006

    Re: How do I get pqxx (the C++ API for Postgres) to work with database authentication

    The connection string looks like it has the correct parameters. Perhaps you could try to add the host, e.g., "host=localhost dbname=foobar user=jdoe password=smartpassword" (or equivalently, "postgresql://jdoe:smartpassword@localhost/foobar") and double check that the password is correct.
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