"David E. Wheeler" <da...@justatheory.com> writes:
> On May 26, 2014, at 9:30 PM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
>>> How about --with-unix-uuid? Or --with-ext2-uuid?

>> Meh.  "Unix" certainly subsumes BSD, so that doesn't seem like a very
>> useful distinction.  I guess we could use "ext2" but that would just
>> confuse most people.

> --with-uuid?

I thought about that but figured we'd regret it ...

> So no UUID functions by default, which I guess has been the case all along?


> Always seemed weird to me that there was a core configure option specific to 
> a contrib module.

There's other cases, eg --with-libxslt for contrib/xml2.  I think
contrib/sepgsql has bespoke configure support too.

Fundamentally the reason uuid-ossp isn't in core is that we feared it
wasn't portable enough, a fear subsequently thoroughly validated.
Perhaps this patch will move us a notch towards having functionality
we could expect to be available everywhere ... though we're certainly
not all the way there yet.

                        regards, tom lane

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