On 02/05/2014 02:53 AM, Tom Lane wrote: > "Joshua D. Drake" <j...@commandprompt.com> writes: >> On 02/04/2014 09:34 AM, Tom Lane wrote: >>> My own opinion is that I've already wasted untold man-hours thanks to >>> the random porting problems induced by Windows, a platform that I never >>> have and never will care about personally. I will *not* spend my own >>> time doing tests that someone else could do. If we can't get some >>> effort contributed by someone who does use that platform, I'm personally >>> prepared to declare the entire damn thing no longer supported. > >> Although that is obviously your prerogative it is important to remember >> that Windows is easily the second most used version of PostgreSQL out >> there (behind Linux). > > [ shrug... ] If it's so widely used, why is it so hard to find somebody > who's willing to put in some development effort for it?
Sadly, I'm now convinced that Windows users are just much less likely to contribute anything constructive to a project - code, documentation, anything. It's a real "gimme" world, and has a really strong ethic that the "vendor" does things with their software, you don't just go and get involved. That said, I think the fuss being made about the intrusiveness of Windows support and its impact is overblown here. These are a few macros that're noops on other platforms anyway, and some build code hidden away in src/tools . It's ugly. It's annoying. It's crap that users don't contribute back. It's also just not that big a deal; there are many other things that are similarly painful or more so. Expecting folks to fire up an AMI and hand-control the build with a GUI over a high latency connection is a waste of time better spent elsewhere, though, and will result in everyone continuing to avoid any sort of testing on Windows. Personally what I think we need is a *public* Jenkins instance, or similar, to which you can push a branch and have it automatically build and "make check" on Windows. I've got that running for internal use, but it's on a host I can't share access to (and an unreliable one, at that). I'd be happy to share the setup for the Jenkins instance and the Windows integration parts, along with the instructions I wrote on how to set up the Windows build test node(s) and the tooling I'm using to automate the Windows build. -- Craig Ringer http://www.2ndQuadrant.com/ PostgreSQL Development, 24x7 Support, Training & Services -- Sent via pgsql-hackers mailing list (firstname.lastname@example.org) To make changes to your subscription: http://www.postgresql.org/mailpref/pgsql-hackers