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Re: C++ with PG 7.4?

From: Carlos Moreno <carlos(dot)moreno(at)mailinator(dot)com>
To: pgsql-interfaces(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: C++ with PG 7.4?
Date: 2003-12-22 03:29:36
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> Finally, please reconsider what you say about libpq++.  If it doesn't
> compile and there's nobody to do serious maintenance on it, why keep
> it bundled?  Should an outdated interface be allowed to keep back the
> release cycle for the whole database? 

Well, it always compiled when it was compiled together with PostgreSQL
as a whole.

First, it is assumed that the "root" path is /usr/local/pgsql.  The
first time I tried to install it was with a RedHat box that had the
postgresql that came with RedHat (installed on /usr directly).  So,
I had to play with it to make it work.  (when libpq++ was part of
postgresql, then a default RH box would come with both, and both
installed on the right/consistent path)

Also, the lack of a configure seems to be causing another problem;
a DLLIMPORT symbol that is not being defined automatically.  So, I
now have to add the switch -DDLLIMPORT="" to the command line to
compile any program using libpq++.

None of these happened when libpq++ was part of postgresql.  It's
not that libpq++'s code is outdated or somewhat incompatible with
libpq or with postgresql itself -- it seems to be just lack of
compatibility due to lack of configuration/installation tools
(nothing that can't be remedy, sure, but it became a twisted
procedure, that requires extra time and effort for no good reason).

For the record, none of these seems to happen with Gentoo Linux.
A colleague of mine has told me about it (trying to convince me
to switch from RedHat), and it seems that these guys (Gentoo Linux)
have a magic management/configuration tool called e-merge that
apparently reads one's mind, and it also reads all the developers'
minds in the world, because my colleague tells me that he simply
typed, at a shell prompt:

# e-merge libpq++

And the system figured out that it also needed postgresql, so
it downloaded the source for both, and compiled both -- on the
right path, and everything compiles without a single switch

Anyway, coming back to the libpq++ issue... I understand the basic
rationale behind the decision.  But I still think C++ users are
being treated very unfairly.  (were the other languages' API's
removed as well?  I'm not 100% sure, but I think they weren't...)



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