It would perhaps be useful to add optional --old-confdir and --new-confdir parameters to pg_upgrade. If these parameters are absent then pg_upgrade would work as it does now and assume that the config files are in the datadir.

The reason for this suggestion is that packages for Ubuntu (and I suppose Debian and possibly others) place the config files in a different directory than the data files.

The Ubuntu packaging, for example, puts all the configuration files in /etc/postgresql/VERSION/main/.

If I set the data-directories to /var/lib/postgresql/VERSION/main then pg_upgrade complains about missing config files.

If I set the data directories to /etc/postgresql/VERSION/main/ then pg_upgrade complains that the "base" subdirectory is missing.

Temporarily symlinking postgresql.conf and pg_hba.conf from the config directory to the data directory allowed the upgrade to run successfully but is a bit more kludgey and non-obvious.


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