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Re: modules

From: Magnus Hagander <magnus(at)hagander(dot)net>
To: Andrew Dunstan <andrew(at)dunslane(dot)net>
Cc: Ron Mayer <rm_pg(at)cheapcomplexdevices(dot)com>, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>, Greg Sabino Mullane <greg(at)turnstep(dot)com>, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: modules
Date: 2008-04-03 07:12:58
Message-ID: 20080403091318.7ced4375@mha-laptop (view raw or flat)
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Andrew Dunstan wrote:
> 
> 
> Ron Mayer wrote:
> > Andrew Dunstan wrote:
> >> Tom Lane wrote:
> >>> as having better system support for packages or modules or
> >>> whatever you want to call them; and maybe we also need some
> >>> marketing-type....
> >>
> >> ...re-raise the question of getting rid of contrib...
> >> "The PostgreSQL Standard Modules". 
> >
> > While renaming, could we go one step further and come up with a
> > clear definition of what it takes for something to qualify as
> > a module?   In particular I think standardizing the installation
> > would go a long way to letting packagers automate the installation
> > of modules from pgfoundry.
> >
> > I think it'd be especially cool if one could one-day have a command
> >
> >   pg_install_module  [modulename] -d [databasename]
> >
> > and it would magically get (or verify that it had) the latest
> > version from pgfoundry; compile it (if needed) and install it
> > in the specified database.
> >
> > The closest analogy to what I'm thinking is the perl CPAN or ruby
> > gems.
> >
> 
> Yes, and the CPAN analogy that has been in several minds, but it only 
> goes so far. Perl and Ruby are languages - Postgres is a very
> different animal.
> 
> We do in fact have some support for building / installing some
> modules in a standard way. It's called pgxs and it is used by quite a
> number of existing modules.

On Windows we also have the StackBuilder application which is used for
installation of binary modules.


//Magnus

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