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Re: buglet in 7.1.4

From: Christopher Browne <cbbrowne(at)acm(dot)org>
To: pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: buglet in 7.1.4
Date: 2004-03-09 20:52:12
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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, mascarm(at)mascari(dot)com (Mike Mascari) wrote:
> Lamar Owen wrote:
>> On Tuesday 09 March 2004 10:46 am, Tom Lane wrote:
>>>Neil Conway <neilc(at)samurai(dot)com> writes:
>>>>BTW, I can't really see the harm in putting out 7.1.x and 7.2.x
>>>>releases to fix compilation issues on modern systems.
>>>Also, quite frankly, I don't want to encourage people to keep using
>>>such old releases.  If they are installing on a new machine they should
>>>update to something newer and less buggy.
>> We need the older versions to be compilable on newer systems to ease
>> in version upgrades and migration.
> How could they find themselves in a situation where they have a 7.1
> installation that requires dumping for migration, but no binaries due
> to compilation errors? Isn't that a rather low-probability scenario?

The problem isn't so much that of "complete inability" to get
binaries, but rather of it becoming significantly inconvenient to get
those binaries.

What if we had a RHAT 6.3 system running PG 7.1, and the "system"
partition got dumped on?  We have the data directory; we'd like to
mount it on a spicy new RHAT 8.0 system, and recover it.

If I rummage around looking for tips, I can doubtless discover the set
of things that need to get patched in order to recompile on RHAT 8.0;
it sure would be nice to not have to rummage round for them.
wm(X,Y):-write(X),write('@'),write(Y). wm('cbbrowne','').
"The beginning of wisdom for a [software engineer] is to recognize the
difference between getting a program  to work, and getting it  right."
-- M A Jackson, 1975

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