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Re: Windows installation suggestion

From: Paul Lambert <paul(dot)lambert(at)autoledgers(dot)com(dot)au>
To: Magnus Hagander <magnus(at)hagander(dot)net>
Cc: pgsql-ports(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Windows installation suggestion
Date: 2007-02-12 10:09:02
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Magnus Hagander wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 12, 2007 at 06:35:35PM +0900, Paul Lambert wrote:
>> Magnus Hagander wrote:
>>> On Mon, Feb 12, 2007 at 12:13:49PM +0900, Paul Lambert wrote:
>>>> I'd like to make a suggestion for a change to the windows installation 
>>>> for Postgres if permissable... not sure if this is the right list to be 
>>>> posting to.
>>>> Suggestion as follows:
>>>> Have the install update the PATH environment variable to include the 
>>>> Postgres BIN directory to enable things to be run from commandline (such 
>>>> as psql) without having to switch into that directory.
>>> We've talked about this before, and rejected it. The reason is that it
>>> breaks when you have more than one version installed on the same system. 
>>> We've considered adding a checkbox (off by default) to the installation
>>> that would set it, though, but the demand just hasn't been there yet ;-) 
>>> Does it not help to just use the "Command Prompt" shortcut on the
>>> PostgreSQL menu in the start menu?
>>> //Magnus
>> I'm setting up some batch jobs that perform various tasks, some of which 
>> will involve psql. I've manually adjusted the path variable on my server 
>> in this instance, however I can see that multiple versions may result in 
>> some undesired behavior.
>> A checkbox would work, providing it removes the pre-existing 
>> installations reference in the path variable... otherwise you could be 
>> unknowingly running the wrong version of programs and seeing unexpected 
>> results.
> That is the problem - how to find and identify that one, and how to be
> sure that it was something added by the installer and not by the user
> himself. So far we've just taken the easy way out and said the user has
> to deal with it. 

Logical way out I'd say.

>> Apparently this fact didn't cross my mind when I decided to make the 
>> suggestion ;)
>> I blame my ignorance on years of using M$ SQL server.
> Yeah, they don't support multiple versions on the same machine :-) Lack
> of features makes some thigns easier :-)
Easier - perhaps, more frustrating - definitely.

> //Magnus

Cheers for the info.


Paul Lambert
Database Administrator

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