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PostgreSQL 8.5alpha2 Now Available

Posted on 2009-10-24

The second alpha release for PostgreSQL version 8.5, 8.5alpha2, is now available. This alpha contains several new major features added since the previous alpha. Please download, install, and test it to give us early feedback on the features being developed for the next version of PostgreSQL.

Features added in Alpha2 include:

  • DEFAULT PRIVILEGES and GRANT ALL ON to give DBAs easier management of object permissions in their databases
  • The DO statement so that you can run ad-hoc procedural language code on the SQL command line
  • Triggers on columns
  • Named parameters in function calls
  • Improved HStore, making this exotic type far more useful to application developers
  • Multiple administration and performance improvements

These new major features mean that we need you to participate in testing them. If you are able to help with organized alpha testing, please see the Alpha/Beta testing page

Alphas are not stable and should never be used in production; they are for testing new features only. There will be two more alphas, about every 2 months, before an 8.5 beta release. There is no guarantee that any features or APIs present in the alphas will be present, or the same, in the final release.

More detail is available in the Release Notes included with each alpha

Alpha2 is currently available in source code form only. Binary packages for some operating systems will be prepared in the coming days.

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