Mint 14/PostgreSQL: Peer authentication failed for user "someuser"

After you have installed PostgreSQL 9.1 on your Linux Mint 12/13/14, created a user login, a database with that user as the owner and try to connect to that database using that user, you may run into the following error:
Password for user someuser:
psql
: FATAL:  Peer authentication failed for user “someuser”

If this is the case, you need to open up this file /etc/postgresql/9.1/main/pg_hba.conf in a text editor (with root privileges) and change this line:

local   all             all                                     peer

to this:

local   all             all                                     md5

After changing and saving the file, restart the PostgreSQL server:

sudo service postgresql restart
You should not have no issue connecting to your databases using the associated user.

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