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Re: [HACKERS] Win32 config file extension, capitalization

From: "Marc G(dot) Fournier" <scrappy(at)postgresql(dot)org>
To: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Kevin Brown <kevin(at)sysexperts(dot)com>,PostgreSQL-development <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>,PostgreSQL Win32 port list <pgsql-hackers-win32(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: [HACKERS] Win32 config file extension, capitalization
Date: 2005-01-13 18:52:40
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I have no problems with the patch ...

On Thu, 13 Jan 2005, Bruce Momjian wrote:

> Kevin Brown wrote:
>> Bruce Momjian wrote:
>>>>> FWIW, I've seen several apps that use .txt for config files, but I can't
>>>>> think of an example right now. Most don't though - .cfg or .conf is
>>>>> probably most common. Except for the majority of windows programs that
>>>>> don't use config files - they use the registry. But I see no reason *at
>>>>> all* for us to want to do that :-) It also more or less requires you to
>>>>> write a GUI to change the config stuff and in that case the file
>>>>> extension becomes irrelevant.
>>>> Where are we on this?  I think Andrew and I both think *.txt is
>>>> confusing.  We need to decide on Monday if we should change the current
>>>> *.txt names.  We can either leave it unchanged, remove *.txt, or change
>>>> it to *.config.
>>>>>>> APPDATA/postgresql/pgpass.txt
>>>>>>> APPDATA/postgresql/psqlrc.txt
>>> Another idea is to use *.conf.
>> For what it's worth, I always thought that text configuration files on
>> Windows platforms generally used the '.ini' extension.  I believe on
>> most Windows systems that extension is by default associated with
>> Notepad.
> The problem with *.ini is that it suggests we follow the INI file format
> for those files, which we don't.
> Given the recent votes I have made the following patch which changes the
> *.txt extensions to *.conf.  It is consistent with our other config
> files on the server side.  This change is for Win32 only.  I will apply
> for 8.0 soon.
> One additional issue is that we currently specify the client directory
> as %APPDATA%\postgresql\, but in my "Application Data" directory most of
> my directories are upper/lower case, suggesting that we should use
> %APPDATA%\PostgreSQL\.  Win32 is case-insensitve but case-preserving so
> they directory could be created with any case but it seems we should
> suggest directory capitalization more consistent with Win32.
> Comments?
> We are at the point where we are really just polishing Win32 and these
> issues are all cosmetic.
> -- 
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