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Re: Lack of docs for libpq C Library

From: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: "Joshua D(dot) Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>, Alvaro Herrera <alvherre(at)commandprompt(dot)com>, Pavel Golub <pavel(at)gf(dot)microolap(dot)com>, pgsql-docs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Lack of docs for libpq C Library
Date: 2008-02-01 05:27:14
Message-ID: 200802010527.m115REY16826@momjian.us (view raw or flat)
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Tom Lane wrote:
> "Joshua D. Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com> writes:
> > Alvaro Herrera <alvherre(at)commandprompt(dot)com> wrote:
> >> The point is that archive.org will keep that copy online even if
> >> hp.com decides to shut it down or change it.
> 
> > There is a question to the legality of the archive.org copy. The legal
> > notice of the document states that there must be a valid license for
> > the product to copy. 
> 
> > *IF* we link that document, we need to link to the HP site.
> 
> Uh, this is nonsense.  Even if archive.org is violating HP's copyright
> (a point un-tested at law), we cannot be violating anything by which
> URL we choose to point to.

Right, it seems like it would be archive.org's problem.

> The main problem with using the link as it stands is that it is *highly*
> unlikely that it will remain valid for the lifespan of the PG 8.3
> documentation (let alone subsequent versions).  I've been dealing with

Did you see Alvaro's archive.org URL that showed it was the same in
September, 2006?

> HP's website for many years and I have good reason to know that page
> URLs of the kind that Bruce has chosen to quote do not have long shelf
> lives.
> 
> Personally I would vote for not having the link there at all.  It is not
> adding anything very critical to our docs, it is likely to be broken
> soon (for some value of soon), and if there is any question about the
> legality then that's just frosting on the cake.

I found it useful and I think others will as well.  Agreed it is not
critical, but does a URL have to be critical to be on our docs.

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