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Re: New project launched : PostgreSQL GUI Installer for

From: "J(dot) Andrew Rogers" <jrogers(at)neopolitan(dot)com>
To: pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: New project launched : PostgreSQL GUI Installer for
Date: 2006-01-31 06:55:40
Message-ID: 00B9BEFE-902D-48D9-87FD-F18BA6C77EB4@neopolitan.com (view raw or flat)
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On Jan 30, 2006, at 7:52 PM, Joshua D. Drake wrote:
> There is a reason that even Oracle has a graphical installer on  
> Linux, because most people installing
> the software:
>
> A. Don't know how to use it
> B. Probably don't know how to use Linux
> C. Don't want to.


Except that the Oracle "graphical installer" usually requires a non- 
trivial amount of command line kung-fu that alone is more complex  
than the entirety of the command line installation of PostgreSQL.   
Oracle installation is an unpleasant and painful process even under  
the best of circumstances, and I've never had one that required less  
effort than Postgres for a vanilla install.  And I always install  
postgres from source.  If "./configure; make; make install" scares  
away people, sorting out the dependency hell getting the Oracle  
installer to even run on nominally supported platforms will  
definitely scare them away.

A graphical installer for Unix is fine, but please, do not make it  
anything like Oracle's graphical installer.  Oracle's graphical  
install process gives command line installs a good name for ease of use.


J. Andrew Rogers


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