On 03/01/2014 12:29 PM, Tom Lane wrote:

In the case of Unix systems, there is a *far* simpler and more portable
solution technique, which is to tell the test postmaster to put its socket
in some non-world-accessible directory created by the test scaffolding.

+1 - I'm all for KISS.

Of course that doesn't work for Windows, which is why we looked at the
random-password solution.  But I wonder whether we shouldn't use the
nonstandard-socket-location approach everywhere else, and only use random
passwords on Windows.  That would greatly reduce the number of cases to
worry about for portability of the password-generation code; and perhaps
we could also push the crypto issue into reliance on some Windows-supplied
functionality (though I'm just speculating about that part).

See for example <http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa379942%28v=vs.85%29.aspx>



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