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Re: We should Axe /contrib/start-scripts

From: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Chander Ganesan <chander(at)otg-nc(dot)com>
Cc: Josh Berkus <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com>, PostgreSQL-development <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: We should Axe /contrib/start-scripts
Date: 2009-08-19 18:48:08
Message-ID: 26876.1250707688@sss.pgh.pa.us (view raw or flat)
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Chander Ganesan <chander(at)otg-nc(dot)com> writes:
> Josh Berkus wrote:
>> ... for the simple reason that nobody is maintaining it.  Wheeler just
>> pointed out to me today that the OSX startup script hasn't been updated
>> since 7.4 and contains misinformation and dangerous scripting.
>> 
>> Other startup scripts there are equally dilapidated, and aren't used by
>> the linux distros regardless.
>> 
> IMHO, those scripts (at least the Linux one) has great value.  There are 
> numerous people that compile and install from source, and for them at 
> least some of these scripts are used quite a bit.

> AFAIK, the Linux one is functional (yes, sub-optimal in some ways, but 
> it works just fine)...

There are lots of files in our distribution that don't get changed for
years at a time.  I think if there's something wrong with these, they
should get fixed.  I'm certainly not prepared to remove them on the
basis of an unsubstantiated second-hand report of unspecified problems.

(Personally, I use scripts based on start-scripts/osx/ for a number of
services on my own machines, so if there's something wrong with them
I'd definitely like to know what it is.)

			regards, tom lane

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