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Re: blatantly a bug in the documentation

From: "Dave Page" <dpage(at)pgadmin(dot)org>
To: "Tom Lane" <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: "Andrew Dunstan" <andrew(at)dunslane(dot)net>, "Alvaro Herrera" <alvherre(at)commandprompt(dot)com>, "A(dot) Kretschmer" <andreas(dot)kretschmer(at)schollglas(dot)com>, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: blatantly a bug in the documentation
Date: 2008-11-24 14:07:49
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On Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 2:02 PM, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us> wrote:
> Andrew Dunstan <andrew(at)dunslane(dot)net> writes:
>> Dave Page wrote:
>>> It might also be useful to create such a database at initdb time so
>>> newbies have something interesting to look at right away.
>> No, there is no need to clutter every installation in the world with
>> such a database. You could make it an addon module, or a pgfoundry project.
> The whole thing strikes me as extreme overkill, not to mention a
> misunderstanding of what an example is supposed to be for.  If we're
> going to insist that every example in the docs work when
> copied-and-pasted into an empty database, then simple and to-the-point
> examples will be history.  Instead of one-liners we'll have clutter.

That's the point of having a sample database ready to play with. The
docs needn't have clutter, but the user can try out any of the
examples without needing to setup anything first. It's a simple
usability tweak that can help ease the learning curve for new users.

Dave Page
EnterpriseDB UK:

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