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Re: Re: [COMMITTERS] pgsql: Don't override arguments set via options with positional argumen

From: Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Andrew Dunstan <andrew(at)dunslane(dot)net>, Robert Haas <robertmhaas(at)gmail(dot)com>, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Re: [COMMITTERS] pgsql: Don't override arguments set via options with positional argumen
Date: 2012-04-18 14:03:44
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On ons, 2012-04-18 at 09:53 -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
> Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net> writes:
> > My vote is to revert this altogether and leave it be.  In the
> > alternative, make it an error.
> You mean in HEAD too?  I don't agree with that, for sure.  What this
> patch is accomplishing is to make sure that the less-commonly-used
> programs have similar command-line-parsing behavior to psql and pg_dump,
> where we long ago realized that failure to check this carefully could
> result in very confusing behavior.  (Especially on machines where
> getopt is willing to rearrange the command line.)

OK, if you care strongly about that, make it an error.  But don't just
ignore things.

> I agree with Andrew that this is a bug fix.  I can see the argument
> for not applying it to back branches, but not for declaring that it's
> not a bug.

We shouldn't be backpatching things that are merely confusing.  It works
as designed at the time, after all.  Improvements belong in master.

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