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Re: PG 9.0 and standard_conforming_strings

From: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: PostgreSQL-development <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: PG 9.0 and standard_conforming_strings
Date: 2010-01-29 20:58:55
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Tom Lane wrote:
> I wrote:
> > Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us> writes:
> >> With the release of Postgres 9.0, should we consider changing the
> >> default for 'standard_conforming_strings'?
> > I'm inclined to think we're going to have enough problems without that.
> BTW, core already had that discussion, but maybe I should repeat it
> to try to forestall any other "since this is going to be 9.0, let's
> break backwards compatibility in a big way!" proposals.  Now is not
> the time to be making big changes; we are much too late in the devel
> cycle to work through all the possible consequences.  Because we
> switched from it's-8.5 to it's-9.0 at such a late stage, we really
> need to consider that that's only a marketing version number and
> technical compatibility decisions should be made the same way as
> for any other major release.
> Perhaps at some point we will choose to do a major version bump where
> we really do clean up a lot of bad backwards-compatibility things.  That
> needs to be done in a deliberate fashion with a lot of advance planning;
> and things should get broken near the beginning of the devel cycle, not
> the end.
> [ still bearing scars from the 8.3 implicit-cast business, which we
> didn't think would generate nearly the backlash it did... ]

I did ask this same question for the 8.5/9.0 release in April of 2009 so
don't say I am only asking about this at the end of development cycles:

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

  + If your life is a hard drive, Christ can be your backup. +

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