On Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 5:52 PM, Andres Freund <and...@2ndquadrant.com> wrote:
> It works in enough cases atm that it's worthwile trying to keep it
> working. Sure, it could be better, but it's what we have right now. Atm
> it's e.g. the only realistic way to copy larger amounts of bytea between
> servers without copying the entire cluster.

That's the thing -- it might work today, but what about tomorrow?
We'd be sending the wrong signals.  People start building processes
around all of this and now we've painted ourselves into a box.  Better
in my mind to simply educate users that this practice is dangerous and
unsupported, as we used to do. I guess until now.  It seems completely
odd to me that we're attaching a case to the jsonb type, in the wrong
way -- something that we've never attached to any other type before.
For example, why didn't we attach a version code to the json type send
function?  Wasn't the whole point of this is that jsonb send/recv be
more spiritually closer to json?  If we want to introduce alternative
type formats in the 9.5 cycle, why can't we attach version based
encoding handling to *that* problem?

The more angles I look at this from the more it looks messy and rushed.

Notwithstanding all the above, I figure here enough smart people
disagree (once again, heh) to call it consensus.


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