Can not add a road to database


I’m not having any luck drawing a road and getting the road added to my local database. I originally had one of the extracts from cloudmade as my base but have since simplified by just trying to import a road to an empty database. I assume pilot error so here is my process:
Draw road in qgis and export as a shapefile
import shapefile into merkaartor and export as my.osm xml file
osm2pgsql -S … my.osm

Then to check results:
pg_dump gis | grep for my street name

As you might guess, the grep fails to find anything.

I do a similar process with point data and that seems to work.

I found another thread in this forum ( but my libgeos is up to date so no help there. Any help here would be greatly appreciated.