2011/10/26 Robert Haas <robertmh...@gmail.com>:
> 2011/10/26 Shigeru Hanada <shigeru.han...@gmail.com>:
>> (2011/10/25 19:15), Magnus Hagander wrote:
>>> 2011/10/25 Shigeru Hanada<shigeru.han...@gmail.com>:
>>>> I'd like to propose pgsql_fdw, FDW for external PostgreSQL server, as a
>>>> contrib module.  I think that this module would be the basis of further
>>>> SQL/MED development for core, e.g. join-push-down and ANALYZE support.
>>> I have not looked at the code itself, but I wonder if we shouldn't
>>> consider making this a part of core-proper, not just a contrib module.
>>> The fact that it isn't *already* available in core surprises a lot of
>>> people...
>> Do you mean that pgsql_fdw should be a built-in extension like plpgsql
>> so that it's available just after initdb?  It would be accomplished with
>> some more changes:
>> * Move pgsql_fdw into core, say src/backend/foreign/libpgsql_fdw, and
>> install dynamically loadable module during "make install" for core.  The
>> pgsql_fdw_handler function can't be included into core binary because we
>> must avoid liking libpq with server binary directly.  This method is
>> also used for libwalreceiver of replication module.
>> * Create pgsql_fdw extension during initdb invocation, like plpgsql.
>> These are not trivial, but not difficult so much.  However, I think
>> contrib would be the appropriate place for pgsql_fdw because it's
>> (relatively) special feature.
> I agree.  pgsql_fdw will be a nice feature, but there's no reason to
> think that everyone will want it installed by default, and there are
> some security reasons to think that they might not.  On the flip side,
> pushing it out of contrib and onto pgfoundry or whatever makes it
> unnecessarily difficult to install, and not as many people will
> benefit from it.  So contrib seems exactly right to me.
I also agree. The pgsql_fdw will be worthful to locate in the main tree
as a contrib module. It will give us clear opportunity to test new
features of FDW using RDBMS characteristics; such as join-push-down.
However, it should be a separated discussion whether it shall be installed
by the default.

KaiGai Kohei <kai...@kaigai.gr.jp>

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