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Re: pg_ctl idempotent option

From: Vik Reykja <vikreykja(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>, PostgreSQL Hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: pg_ctl idempotent option
Date: 2013-01-15 10:26:28
Message-ID: CALDgxVtZCpo5-4ey5oNH_WXLHhMJ9TF7vx5o+0ZNSus31QXwoA@mail.gmail.com (view raw or flat)
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On Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 4:22 PM, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us> wrote:

> Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net> writes:
> > Here is a patch to add an option -I/--idempotent to pg_ctl, the result
> > of which is that pg_ctl doesn't error on start or stop if the server is
> > already running or already stopped.
>
> Idempotent is a ten-dollar word.  Can we find something that average
> people wouldn't need to consult a dictionary to understand?
>

I disagree that we should dumb things down when the word means exactly what
we want and based on the rest of this thread is the only word or word
cluster that carries the desired meaning.

I vote to keep --idempotent.

Vik

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