Centos services cannot bind on localhost but find on * or specific ip address

Phuong Nguyen asked:

I’ve got a VPS with Centos 6.4 installed.
I used to have a VPS at Digital Ocean that when I start PostgreSQL or Monit that bind to localhost, they all work fine.
But on the new VPS, when I have PostgreSQL listen to “localhost”, PostgreSQL is saying:

WARNING: could not create listen socket for "localhost"

And Monit, when I tell Monit to listen on “localhost”, Monit is saying:

http server: Could not create a server socket at port 2812 -- Cannot assign requested address

I wonder what could be wrong on my VPS that lead to such behavior. If I have PostgreSQL listen on ‘*’ instead of “localhost” then it runs just fine.


My ifconfig -a

eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:50:56:0A:01:3D
          inet addr:xxx.xx.xxx.xxx  Bcast:  Mask:
          inet6 addr: fe80::250:56ff:fe0a:13d/64 Scope:Link
          RX packets:198875 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:49492 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:135854898 (129.5 MiB)  TX bytes:7779876 (7.4 MiB)

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback
          LOOPBACK  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)

My /etc/hosts               localhost.localdomain localhost localhost4 localhost4.localdomain4 CentOS64
::1             localhost localhost.localdomain localhost6.localdomain6 localhost6

My answer:

Your lo interface is down. Note that it explicitly does not say it is UP and does not have its associated IP address of I have no idea how that would have happened, as this should always be brought up.

If the lo interface is down, no programs can bind or connect to localhost.

Bring it up yourself:

ifup lo

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