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Re: Proposed patch - psql wraps at window width

From: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>
To: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>
Cc: Alvaro Herrera <alvherre(at)commandprompt(dot)com>, PostgreSQL-development <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>, Gregory Stark <stark(at)enterprisedb(dot)com>, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>, Brendan Jurd <direvus(at)gmail(dot)com>, Bryce Nesbitt <bryce2(at)obviously(dot)com>, heikki(at)enterprisedb(dot)com
Subject: Re: Proposed patch - psql wraps at window width
Date: 2008-04-25 15:57:04
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Bruce Momjian wrote:
> Alvaro Herrera wrote:
> > Bruce Momjian escribi?:
> > 
> > > Have a 'format=auto' mode that does aligned/wrapped/expanded, but only
> > > for screen output --- file/pipe would still use aligned.  And have
> > > 'format=wrapped' affect file/pipe by requiring the user to specify the
> > > width, or use a default of 72.
> > 
> > I have a different question.  Why are we mixing file and pipe output?  I
> > think the use cases are different and perhaps we should use different
> > defaults.
> > 
> > For example, most people I've seen writing shell scripts involving psql
> > output have to pass the -A flag all the time.  Perhaps we could change
> > the default output to unaligned for pipes?
> Yes, that would make sense to me.
> I think the people wanting wrapped to control file/pipe don't want it as
> the default, but want _some_ way of getting wrapped output into a file.

Let me add that the patch as it was posted does not have wrapping
affecting file/pipe output unless you also specify a column width with
\pset.  This seemed the most logical and tried to satisfy the most
people.  You can see this in the documentation changes of the patch:

I have now clarified the documentation in the patch.

  Bruce Momjian  <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>

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