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Re: windows / initdb oddness

From: "Magnus Hagander" <mha(at)sollentuna(dot)net>
To: "Tom Lane" <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>,"Andrew Dunstan" <andrew(at)dunslane(dot)net>
Cc: "PostgreSQL-development" <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: windows / initdb oddness
Date: 2006-02-22 17:21:22
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> > Thinking about this a tiny bit more, it struck me that by 
> far the best 
> > way to do this is to stop using a magic argument and use the 
> > environment instead. Then we don't need to mangle the 
> command line at 
> > all. This actually results in less code, and should be more robust 
> > (mangling the command line in Windows is dangerous and 
> difficult because of quotes).
> This seems like a good idea.
> Is there any reason to worry about an accidental environment conflict?
> If someone mistakenly did "export PG_RESTRICT_EXEC=1", it 
> looks to me like this would cause the re-exec bit to be 
> skipped, but I suppose the worst possible consequence is that 
> the postmaster would refuse to start.
> Is there anything I don't see?  (Of course, the magic 
> argument method can be broken manually in just the same way...)

This only affects initdb, not postmaster. 

I don't see the risk being bigger with environment than commandline at


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