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== PostgreSQL Weekly News - Februrary 23rd 2004 ==

From: Robert Treat <xzilla(at)users(dot)sourceforge(dot)net>
To: pgsql-announce(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: == PostgreSQL Weekly News - Februrary 23rd 2004 ==
Date: 2004-02-23 21:25:23
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== PostgreSQL Weekly News - February 23rd 2004 ==

        The biggest news of the week was probably the pre-announcement of both 
7.3.6 and 7.4.2 releases that should be made available in the next few weeks. 
We are likely to see some back-patching this week into the 7.3.x branch, so 
keep an eye out for the full changelog that will be included along with each 
release announcement.

        Meanwhile work continues on 7.5 of course. Following up on some work 
from the previous week, we can now make use of statistics on index 
expressions. Functionality to log disconnections was added into the 
postgresql.conf log options. Some inconsistencies in the error messages 
received with incorrect input to the oid type were cleared up. Some 
significant improvements to the supporting documentation for the cost based 
vacuum delay feature were added; if you're curious about this feature you 
might want to check out the developer docs.  After quite a bit of discussion 
on -hackers, psql's input scanner was rewritten to use a flex-generated 
lexer, which is used on both SQL command text and backslash commands. This 
should make it easier to track the backend's SQL lexer behavior since nearly 
identical flex rules are now used in psql. On the win32 front, a patch 
implementing settimer() was implemented which means deadlock detection and 
statement_timeout are now functional for win32.

        Several enhancements to the contrib module dbmirror were incorporated 
including replication of sequence operations via setval/nextval, support for 
logging to syslog, support for writing SQL statements to files instead of 
directly to a slave database, and the addition of several new options within 
the config files.

        Finally the web team would like to report that we now have RSS feeds 
of project news from GBorg available at 
You can view the feed in your favorite RSS tool (evolution has this ability) 
and we are hoping to get this feed carried by other Open Source web sites (if 
you want to help on the latter please post a note to the -advocacy mailing 
list). Many thanks go out to David Costa from for donating 
time and code to help get this working, hopefully soon we will have official 
RSS feeds of the main PostgreSQL news and events as well.

== PostgreSQL Product News ==

SCO unveils OpenServer Update Pack 2

pgin.tcl-2.0.0 released

Make Database Reporting Easier with pgexport 0.9.1

OLE DB initial version uploaded

DBD::Pg 1.3.2 Now in Beta Testing

== PostgreSQL In the News ==

Comparing PostgreSQL to a "Big Proprietary Database"

== Upcoming Events ==

Chemnitzer Linux-Tag: Chemnitz, Germany: March 6-7
Peter Eisentraut will organize a table and will make a presentation

== PostgreSQL Weekly News - February 23rd 2004 ==
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