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Re: pg_ctl start broken on windows

From: Andrew Dunstan <andrew(at)dunslane(dot)net>
To: pgsql-hackers-win32 <pgsql-hackers-win32(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: pg_ctl start broken on windows
Date: 2004-06-10 21:41:07
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Gary Doades wrote:

>On 10 Jun 2004 at 10:45, Andrew Dunstan wrote:
>>Thanks. The file to patch is src/bin/pg_ctl/pg_ctl.c
>>We'll need to do a bit more work than this, though. We have 2 cases - 
>>one where there's a logfile parameter and one where there isn't.  Both 
>>cases need stdin to be the null device (is that the default if you say 
>>no handle inheritance?). If there is no logfile parameter then the 
>>process's stdout and stderr handles need to be those of the calling 
>>process (i.e. pg_ctl). If there is such a param then the postmaster's 
>>stdout and stderr both need to be a handle on that file, opened in 
>>append mode. I believe this needs to be set up in the STARTUPINFO 
>>(reading MSDN makes my brain hurt).
>>Not sure of any other wrinkles.
>Hmm, I have managed to look at the pg_ctl.c code and I can't find any code in there for 
>the service manager. If pg_ctl is to be run as a true service then there is a *lot* more 
>work to do on this.
>I have used CreateProcess many times, but not redirecting the standard filestreams, I 
>would have to think about that and do some experimentation. I thought that it might just 
>be a case of dropping the CreateProcess code in and I could have done that with no 
>I believe at first glance that what you want can be done, but I don't think it is trivial. 
>MSDN can be a real brain killer. Try taking a look at the service code. This is the code 
>that would need to be put into pg_ctl to respond to the service manager 
>SERVICE_CONTROL_SHUTDOWN at a minimum) This also inherently would make 
>pg_ctl multi threaded.
>Unfortunately I just don't have the few days that I would expect it to take to knock this 
>into proper shape for a service with full redirection of the filestreams. I don't currently 
>have anything set up for compiling postgres on my PC. I might be able to have a go at 
>something next week or I could throw things around with another Windows person.

We don't have the service code yet. Right now we are wrestling with 
getting pg_ctl to start the postmaster when called from the command line.



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