another idea for changing global configuration settings from SQL

From: Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>
To: pgsql-hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: another idea for changing global configuration settings from SQL
Date: 2012-11-15 17:53:15
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Independent of the discussion of how to edit configuration files from
SQL, I had another idea how many of the use cases for this could be handled.

We already have the ability to store in pg_db_role_setting configuration
settings for

specific user, specific database
specific user, any database
any user, specific database

The existing infrastructure would also support

any user, any database (= all the time)

All you'd need is to add

ApplySetting(InvalidOid, InvalidOid, relsetting, PGC_S_$SOMETHING);

in postinit.c, and have some SQL command to modify this setting.

The only thing you couldn't handle that way are SIGHUP settings, but the
often-cited use cases work_mem, logging, etc. would work.

There would also be the advantage that pg_dumpall would save these settings.



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