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Re: psql man page error?

From: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>
To: Simon Riggs <simon(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>
Cc: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>, pgsql-docs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: psql man page error?
Date: 2006-12-06 04:29:41
Message-ID: 200612060429.kB64Tfa16970@momjian.us (view raw or flat)
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Simon Riggs wrote:
> On Tue, 2006-12-05 at 18:16 -0500, Bruce Momjian wrote:
> > Tom Lane wrote:
> > > Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us> writes:
> > > > I think the proper fix is:
> > > 
> > > >       <application>psql</application>, like this: <literal>echo -e
> > > >       "\\x\nSELECT * FROM foo;" | psql</literal>.
> > > 
> > > > I think all modern operating systems understand echo -e at this point.
> > > 
> > > No, they don't, and neither does the Single Unix Spec:
> > > http://www.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/007908799/xcu/echo.html
> > > 
> > > So your version of the example depends on non-standards-compliant
> > > echo behavior, which is not better than before.
> > 
> > Well, at least my example works on _some_ operating systems, while the
> > previous worked on none of them, so it is _better_.
> > 
> > I can't think of a good way to do this except converting the example to
> > a <programlisting> block that will not change newlines:
> > 
> > 	echo '\x
> > 	SELECT * FROM foo;' | psql
> > 
> > Is that what people want?
> 
> Well, it works, but IMHO its not as clear.

Well, it is even worse because some versions of echo automatically
interpret backslashes, so it would have to be \\x.  I am thinking we
should just leave it as I have it now, unless we want to use 'awk' or
'perl' where we know the backslash behavior.

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