Re: Spoofing as the postmaster

From: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Martijn van Oosterhout <kleptog(at)svana(dot)org>
Cc: Gregory Stark <stark(at)enterprisedb(dot)com>, Marko Kreen <markokr(at)gmail(dot)com>, Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org, Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>, Tomasz Ostrowski <tometzky(at)batory(dot)org(dot)pl>
Subject: Re: Spoofing as the postmaster
Date: 2007-12-23 21:43:54
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Martijn van Oosterhout <kleptog(at)svana(dot)org> writes:
> On Sun, Dec 23, 2007 at 02:52:28PM -0500, Tom Lane wrote:
>> "Problem"? What we mustn't lose sight of is that that's not a bug but
>> a feature. It would be completely inappropriate for us as upstream to
>> destroy that property, and my fundamental objection to what Debian
>> has done is that they've destroyed that property at the distro level.

> I'm unsure what you think is being prevented.

Well, use of standard portable PG clients, for one thing, and use of
postmasters running under different userids for another.

> Debian allows parallel
> installation and execution of four major releases of postgres with no
> extra effort, something the standard release doesn't do.

My hat's off to them for that, but it's utterly unrelated to the topic
at hand, and it's not evidence that this particular decision of theirs
was well taken.

regards, tom lane

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