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Re: Friendly help for psql

From: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>
Cc: pgsql-patches(at)postgresql(dot)org, "Greg Sabino Mullane" <greg(at)turnstep(dot)com>
Subject: Re: Friendly help for psql
Date: 2008-01-20 23:41:03
Message-ID: 14984.1200872463@sss.pgh.pa.us (view raw or flat)
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Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net> writes:
> Now I have actually thought for a while whether we could get rid of the login
> text altogether.  I would support trading that for extended help options.  

That makes sense to me.  I think people are accustomed to ignoring login
headers because they are usually just copyright boilerplate.  I could
see reducing the header to something like

$ psql
Welcome to psql 8.3RC2, the PostgreSQL interactive terminal.
Type \? for help, \q to quit.

dbname=# 

in the normal case.  (The wrong-backend-version warning and perhaps
the SSL encryption notice would remain as possible additions.)

We really shouldn't be designing this on -patches, though.

			regards, tom lane

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