On Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 11:29 AM, Alvaro Herrera
<alvhe...@2ndquadrant.com> wrote:
> The pg_regress part is ugly.  However, pg_regress is doing something
> unusual when starting postmaster itself, so the ugly coding to stop it
> seems to match.  If we wanted to avoid the ugliness here, the right fix
> would be to use pg_ctl to start postmaster as well as to stop it.

I wonder if this would change the behavior in cases where we hit ^C
during the regression tests.  Right now I think that kills the
postmaster as well as pg_regress, but if we used pg_ctl, it might not,
because pg_regress uses fork()+exec(), but pg_ctl uses system() to
launch a shell which is in turn instructed to background the

Robert Haas
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