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Re: Trim the Fat (Was: Re: Open 7.3 items )

From: Brett Schwarz <brett_schwarz(at)yahoo(dot)com>
To: Andrew Sullivan <andrew(at)libertyrms(dot)info>
Cc: PostgreSQL-development <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Trim the Fat (Was: Re: Open 7.3 items )
Date: 2002-07-31 13:10:59
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I too do not like alot of bloat in the distribution, but I also agree
with what Andrew is saying.

Currently, at the FTP site, you can download the whole tar file, or in 4
separate tarballs. How hard would it be to create a separate tarball for
client related packages? I am not sure if this would be a *great*
solution, but it might be a good compromise.


On Wed, 2002-07-31 at 10:22, Andrew Sullivan wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 31, 2002 at 02:08:33PM -0300, Marc G. Fournier wrote:
> > On Wed, 31 Jul 2002, Tom Lane wrote:
> > > One reason for wanting to integrate libpqxx is that I don't think we'll
> > > find out anything about its portability until we get a lot of people
> > > trying to build it.  If it's a separate distro that won't happen quickly.
> > 
> > Who cares?  Those that need a C++ interface will know where to find it,
> > and will report bugs that they have ... why should it be tested on every
> > platform when we *might* only have those on the Linux platform using it?
> This seems a bad argument.  You can't say "we support interface xyz"
> and never test it on anything except i80x86 Linux.  Somebady comes
> along and tries to make it go on Solaris, and it doesn't work: poof,
> the cross-platform reputation that you and other have worked hard to
> burnish goes away.  Never mind that it's only a client library.
> Besides, more generally, Postgres already has a reputation as being
> difficult to install.  The proposal to separate out all the
> "non-basics" (I'm not even sure how one would draw that line: maybe a
> server-only package and a client-library package run through GBorg?)
> would mean that anyone wanting to do something moderately complicated
> would have a yet higher hurdle.  Isn't that a problem?
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