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Re: Summary of new configuration file and data directory locations

From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>
Cc: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>,PostgreSQL Development <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Summary of new configuration file and data directory locations
Date: 2002-02-22 04:13:21
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Did we come to a conclusion on this?


Peter Eisentraut wrote:
> Tom Lane writes:
> > Can't we do both?  If the default setup is to put config files in
> > a Postgres-specific directory, then let's make the default arrangement
> > be that that directory is Postgres-owned, mode 700, *and* the config
> > files are Postgres-owned and mode 600.
> The problem with this is that the PostgreSQL-specific configuration file
> directory may be used by programs other than the server.  E.g., the ODBC
> driver puts stuff in there.  In some future life there may be a global
> psqlrc file or the JDBC driver may have a global properties file (don't
> know if that just made sense).  So we'd have to make a subdirectory, say
> "server" (or "secure" or "secret" ...).  Seems a bit ugly.
> Moreover, I don't know if we can make permission changes on directories
> during installation (make install).  (Read "can" as:  ought to, while
> staying within the vague confines of open-source software build system
> standards.)  For all we know, the directory may already be there and the
> installer told us to reuse it.
> How is the situation on the broken editors these days?  We might just want
> to put a note on the top of each critical file
> # Make sure this file is not readable by anyone except you.
> # If you edit it, make sure your editor does not change the permissions on
> # this file.
> # If in doubt, execute chmod go-a filename.
> -- 
> Peter Eisentraut   peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net

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