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Re: BUG #3269: PSQL does not display error output

From: Brandon Craig Rhodes <brandon(at)rhodesmill(dot)org>
To: pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: BUG #3269: PSQL does not display error output
Date: 2007-08-05 02:27:05
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"Bojan Jovanovic" <pgbojan(at)bjovanovic(dot)com> writes:

> We just upgraded to 8.2.4, and noticed that psql does not display error
> messages, e.g.:
> ...
> shp_production=# select * from asdfafsdf;

On my system I compiled 8.2.4 as well, and not only would an
interactive session like yours display no error messages, but psql
even lost its ability to echo messages to the command line:

$ psql db_that_does_not_exist

So I starting adding printf() statements to to see what was
going on, and, when I added a printf() to fe-protocol3.c, suddenly
libpq regained its ability to produce error messages!  Removing my
printf() then had no further effect; it was simply re-compiling
fe-protocol3.c that must have done the trick.  I have had no further

I note that gcc-4.1 was upgraded on my (Debian unstable) system
between my first having compiled PostgreSQL, and the compilation today
that resulted in a working libpq:

   version that broke fe-protocol3 -> 4.1.2-12
   version that fixed fe-protocol3 -> 4.1.2-14

Anyone who wishes to dive further into the secrets of "The Libpq Who
Would Print No Error Messages" may examine it here:

By placing it in the current directory and running psql with
LD_PRELOAD set, you can see the problem for yourself (assuming that
your system has enough libraries in common that this libpq can resolve
its symbols):


If anyone decompiles it and determines why its machine code is broken
whereas the machine code produced by my gcc today works, I would be
fascinated to know.  I wonder whether libpq engages in dangerous and
undefined C behavior that only works if the compiler happens to be in
the mood, or whether this was a bug in gcc-4.1?

I noted, by the way, that the broken and the working libpq on my
system at this moment both link against the same libraries; so it must
be a difference in libpq itself, not anything beneath it.

Brandon Craig Rhodes   brandon(at)rhodesmill(dot)org

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