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Re: We should Axe /contrib/start-scripts

From: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Greg Stark <gsstark(at)mit(dot)edu>
Cc: Kevin Grittner <Kevin(dot)Grittner(at)wicourts(dot)gov>, Josh Berkus <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com>, Chander Ganesan <chander(at)otg-nc(dot)com>, PostgreSQL-development <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: We should Axe /contrib/start-scripts
Date: 2009-08-19 22:18:58
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Greg Stark <gsstark(at)mit(dot)edu> writes:
> On Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 10:03 PM, Tom Lane<tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us> wrote:
>> What this all leads to is that it's safe to launch a postmaster from
>> an init script via something like
>>        su - postgres sh -c "postmaster ..."

> Surely you don't want "-"? If you run postgres's .profile etc. then
> random user customization for the postgres user could interfere with
> your startup process.

Well, people who put random things into the postgres user's .profile
deserve what they get.  But it is useful to be able to customize the
postmaster's PATH and other variables.  As far as I know, all the Linux
distros do use "su -" or equivalent, and so do the contrib start-scripts.

			regards, tom lane

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