I removed postgresql 8.1.4 (slackware) and installed vector 8.1.5 postgres from the old repository. It did not seem to load right and I was not sure it started. In any event, when running BasicBooks, it gave the same "floating point exception" error and refused to open basic books. I "updated" it to postgresql 8.2 (on the old repository) and it loaded right and started right but when linked to libpq.so.4 gave the same "floating point error." Thinking that an even older version might work, I then downloaded Vector 8.1.4. but had the same problem as with 8.1.5 in that when running the "first time configuration" program, it seems to bug out, i.e it did something, but didn't ask for root or otherwise act properly.
Basic Books tells me that my problems have nothing to do with what version of postgresql I am using. They have sent me a "helloworld" file which gives the same "floating point exception" error that BasicBooks gives and BasicBooks says that until I figure out how to get helloworld to run, I won't get BasicBooks to run.
I would like to email that program, helloworld, and get your comments. If this is a good idea, please sent me an address I can email to.