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From: "Robert J(dot) Sanford, Jr(dot)" <rsanford(at)nolimitsystems(dot)com>
To: <pgsql-docs(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: postgres on Win32...
Date: 2001-08-09 19:14:50
Message-ID: HAEKIEGIHMCDGLOIEKGMAEEDCHAA.rsanford@nolimitsystems.com (view raw or flat)
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i just downloaded postgres and followed the instructions
in the Win32 FAQ that can be found at...
   http://postgresql.crimelabs.net/docs/faq-mswin

and then followed the build instructions found in the
PDF documentation.

i had problems with the build and went to the pgcyg
mailing list and discovered that the documentation in
both is somewhat inaccurate. where i describe issues
below and use the term "FAQ" i am intending it to apply
to both the FAQ and the product documentation.

first, i would have greatly appreciated the FAQ saying
that the current release of the cygwin binaries also
includes a binary distribution of postgres so that if
i don't particularly want to build from source (i don't)
then i don't have to.

second, the faq doesn't mention anything about applying
patches just so the source code can build. the current
code base requires that at least one patch be applied
for version issues with readline before the build will
succeed. while the frequency that versions come out at
may prohibit updating the documentation the online faq
should be updated to reflect the latest news.

the next issue with the documentation is that it doesn't
seem to mention the fact that there ANY binary 
distributions! okay, one mention in the bug reporting
section. not everyone wants to build from source.
there are binary RPM's available for the various *nix
that are supported (not having a binary for win32 on the
mirrors is an issue but not a documentation issue) but
the documentation doesn't mention them. please include
a section on downloading and installing from the RPM's.

the final documentation issue is that the PDF does not
have any bookmarks. this means that i have to manually
scroll through the document in order to hit a section
that i want instead of nicely double-clicking on a
bookmark to go there instantly.

thanks for listening!

rjsjr

ps - yes, if you want me to change the faq, i will.
and, if given a copy of the source for the docs i
am willing to work on those as well.


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