On 2016-03-31 09:04:35 +0800, Craig Ringer wrote:
> The cost is small.

First off I agree we don't want to drop proper windows support.

But I think "the cost is small" is a pretty bad mischaracterization. I
don't do windows, and yet I've spent a lot of time figuring out windows
only stuff, even writing windows only things (atomics, latches, recent
bugfixes). There's a lot of architectural gunk in postgres just geared
towards supporting windows (c.f. EXEC_BACKEND), and that makes new
development harder in a number of cases. E.g. background workers,
paralellism and such had quite some extra work cut out for them because
of that.

> but is a burden carried mainly by those who care about Windows
> support.

I don't think that's true. Tom e.g. seems to fight battles with it on a
regular base.

Andres Freund

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