On Fri, 2006-01-27 at 13:43 -0500, Tom Lane wrote:
> Andrew Dunstan <andrew(at)dunslane(dot)net> writes:
> > I could not disagree more. The invisibility of tabs makes their use as a
> > delimiter wholly evil. I have lost count of the number of corrupted
> > makefiles etc. I have seen because a tab got converted to a space and it
> > was impossible to tell.
> > More tears have been shed over tabs used than tabs unused. (Apologies to
> > St Theresa).
> That line of argument leads to the suggestion that pg_dump should just
> use something else (I'd vote for "|"), all the time, in order to produce
> more robust dump files. I still don't see the argument for exposing
> a switch though.
If we regard them as suitable for human editing for normal use, yes.
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