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Re: further bootstrap cleanup

From: Alvaro Herrera <alvherre(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
To: Heikki Linnakangas <heikki(at)enterprisedb(dot)com>
Cc: Patches <pgsql-patches(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: further bootstrap cleanup
Date: 2007-02-19 15:38:47
Message-ID: 20070219153847.GK28395@alvh.no-ip.org (view raw, whole thread or download thread mbox)
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Heikki Linnakangas wrote:
> Alvaro Herrera wrote:
> >Heikki Linnakangas wrote:
> >>Alvaro Herrera wrote:
> >>>Here is a patch further cleaning up dummy process startup and the
> >>>bootstrap code itself a little.
> >>Could we please call the "dummy" processes something else? Dummy
> >>seems a bit belittling for such important things like bgwriter and the
> >>startup process.
> >>
> >>How about worker or helper process?
> >
> >Well, sure, but the name was there before I patched it :-)  This is
> >mostly a code issue though, not something that shows up at all at the
> >user level.
> 
> Yeah. I thought now would be a good time to change since you're messing 
> with the code anyway.
> 
> I'd be happy with something like "system process" that carries the 
> meaning of something that's internal and important. But "system process" 
> makes me think of the operating system.
> 
> Non-backend process would be a nice contrast to normal backend 
> processes, but a negated word like that is awkward.
> 
> Internal process?

Andrew's suggestion of "auxiliary process" sounds good to me ... do you
care enough to submit a patch to change all occurences of "dummy" in
that context?  I grepped and there's enough unrelated uses of "dummy"
that discouraged me from doing it.

-- 
Alvaro Herrera                                http://www.CommandPrompt.com/
The PostgreSQL Company - Command Prompt, Inc.

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