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Re: About the pid and opts files

From: Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Tatsuo Ishii <t-ishii(at)sra(dot)co(dot)jp>, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: About the pid and opts files
Date: 2000-06-26 01:41:41
Message-ID: Pine.LNX.4.21.0006251648080.11966-100000@localhost.localdomain (view raw or flat)
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Tom Lane writes:

> PGDATESTYLE/TZ are not dangerous as far as I know; it should be
> allowed for the user to change these.

But in the context of pg_ctl we should certainly ensure that the old value
gets carried over unless overridden. We could make the postmaster.opts
file look like this:

PGDATESTYLE=${PGDATESTYLE-oldvalue} TZ=${TZ-oldvalue} ... postmaster ...

But I'm not sure if that is safe enough. If you want to change the
environment you can either edit postmaster.opts or do an explicit
stop/start rather than restart.

Failure scenario: Normally, TZ is unset. I log in remotely from a
different time zone to administer a database server so I have TZ set to
override the system's default time zone. I `su postgres', do something,
pg_ctl restart. All the sudden the server operates with a different
default time zone. This is not an unrealistic situation, I have done this
many times. If pg_ctl wants to automate things then it shouldn't be
subject to these sort of failures if possible.

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