On 8/1/13 10:47 AM, David Johnston wrote:
Minor request: could someone enlighten me as to why making the directory
location a compile-time option is undesirable.

The ongoing argument here is whether to allow moving the directory at all, or to make it fixed to $PGDATA the way recovery.conf is. If you accept that it should float, then it actually needs to be a start time option. Software like Debian moves around the postgresql.conf like this:

pg_ctl -c config_file=/etc/postgresql/9.3/main/postgresql.conf ...

The way this argument is going the last few days, I'm starting to think that it's worth breaking this style of config directory setup out into its own feature now.

Whether or not ALTER SYSTEM SET takes advantage of the config directory or not seems a still raging question. I've been coupling the two together because I think the design of ALTER SYSTEM SET should consider a config directory based approach. But from the perspective of what can get committed first, the config directory really should go first.

Greg Smith   2ndQuadrant US    g...@2ndquadrant.com   Baltimore, MD
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