On tor, 2010-10-21 at 16:59 -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
> Actually, the only reason this is even up for discussion is that
> there's
> no configure option to set DEFAULT_PGSOCKET_DIR.  If there were, and
> debian were using it, then pg_config --configure would tell what I
> wish
> to know.  I thought for a bit about proposing we add such an option,
> but given the current state of play it might be more misleading than
> helpful: as long as distros are accustomed to changing this setting
> via
> a patch, you couldn't trust pg_config --configure to tell you what a
> given installation actually has compiled into it.

Presumably, if a configure option were added, they couldn't change it
via patch anymore.  Of course, there will be a transition period, but
there will have to be one of some kind anyway.

Btw., a configure option for this was rejected years ago to discourage
people from actually changing the default.

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