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Re: pg_ctl strangeness under msys

From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Magnus Hagander <mha(at)sollentuna(dot)net>
Cc: Andrew Dunstan <andrew(at)dunslane(dot)net>,pgsql-hackers-win32 <pgsql-hackers-win32(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: pg_ctl strangeness under msys
Date: 2004-10-26 13:48:57
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Magnus Hagander wrote:
> > I have seen some strange things using pg_ctl under MSys:
> > 
> > . "pg_ctl status" from the command line logs to the event log. 
> > Apparently it thinks it's not on a tty. Works fine from 
> > Windows cmd prompt.
> > . this hangs: perl -e '@foo=`pg_ctl -w start`;'
> >   but this doesn't: perl -e 'system("pg_ctl -w start");'
> > 
> > Finding the problem with the last one has cost me hours in 
> > trying to get the buildfarm to run.
> > 
> > Anyone have ideas about ways to fix? Or do we just note it 
> > and live with it?
> As I'm sure you are already aware we've had a lot of problems with the
> msys console. Buffernig and others. I think we at some point decided to
> say that minor issues on the win32 consoles isn't really something we're
> concerned about, people will run things from the cmd console in 99.9% of
> all cases.
> Not sure how to fix it. The eventlog checking code uses isatty() IIRC,
> and that one is clearly returning the wrong thing on msys. Not sure how
> to code around that.

We actually added the ability to turn the psql pager always on to fix a
problem with a Win32 user running psql inside some kind of application
(emacs?) where isatty returned the wrong value.  I don't see any clean
workaround here though.

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