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Re: remove contrib/xml2

From: Robert Haas <robertmhaas(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Andrew Dunstan <andrew(at)dunslane(dot)net>, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: remove contrib/xml2
Date: 2010-02-01 18:48:25
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On Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 1:38 PM, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us> wrote:
> Robert Haas <robertmhaas(at)gmail(dot)com> writes:
>> My feeling is that if it's as flakey and unreliable as it currently
>> is, we shouldn't ship it.  Removing it from CVS doesn't mean "you
>> can't use this any more"; this is open source.  It just means people
>> will have to go and get an old copy out of CVS and presumably in so
>> doing they will be aware that we've removed it for a reason.  We have
>> a well-deserved reputation for quality and I would like to see us
>> preserve that.
>
> [ shrug... ]  It is not any more flaky than it's been since it was put in.
> The people who have been depending on it presumably have use-patterns
> for which it doesn't fail, and we're not going to be doing them a
> service by ripping out functionality for which we can't offer a
> replacement.

Well, then we'd at least better update the documentation to (1) remove
the statement that this will be removed in 8.4 (since we didn't), and
(2) add a very, very large warning that this will crash if you do
almost anything with it.

...Robert

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