Configuring logging for


You’re using on a Mac for local development but are getting SQL errors from your application. You’re seeing an error message:

ERROR:  current transaction is aborted, commands ignored until end of
transaction block

This isn’t useful: you want to know which query is generating the error.


Turn on Postgres logging and watch the log files when the error is generated.

This is done by editing the postgresql.conf config file, whose location can be found from the “Server Settings” option in the window. It’s normally somewhere like ~/Library/Application Support/Postgres/var-12/postgresql.conf.

Edit in these settings:

# Collect logs printed to STDERR.
log_destination = stderr
logging_collector = on

# Log all statements.
log_statement = all

# Need to use somewhere writable by the Postgres process.
log_directory = '/tmp/'
log_filename = 'postgres.log'

then restart Postgres. You can then watch the log file to find out which queries are failing.


By default, does not have logging enabled which makes local debugging difficult.


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