GNU Guix never fails to amaze me. Here is a simple recipe to run Postgres in userland on a system that has a guix daemon running
Select a recent version of guix (note the leading dot)
Install postgres (here we opt for v14) with
guix packages -A postgres mkdir -p ~/data/pgdata cd ~/data guix shell -C -N firstname.lastname@example.org glibc-locales binutils coreutils which \ --share=$HOME/data/pgdata --share=/var/run/postgresql
To share `/var/run` make sure your user id is member of the postgres group.
Inside the shell
mkdir -p /var/run/postgresql initdb -k -D pgdata/14 pg_ctl -D pgdata/14 -l logfile start createdb test psql test
and you should be able to work with everything. Note the user is the same as the user that runs the container.
Test then network interface with
telnet localhost 5432
To run a container in the background you may want to use screen and/or tmux.
To have the postgres client outside the container install it with
. ~/opt/guix-pull/etc/profile guix package -i email@example.com -p ~/opt/postgresql14
Now you can add this
. ~/opt/postgresql14/etc/profile psql test \dt etc etc