Martin Coxall wrote:

On Thu, 2003-02-13 at 20:28, Steve Crawford wrote:

I don't see why we can't keep everyone happy and let the users choose the setup they want. To wit, make the following, probably simple, changes:

1) Have postgresql default to using /etc/postgresql.conf

/etc/postgres/postgresql.conf, if we want to be proper FHS-bitches.

2) Add a setting in postgresql.conf specifying the data directory
3) Change the meaning of -D to mean "use this config file"
4) In the absence of a specified data directory in postgresql.conf, use the location of the postgresql.conf file as the data directory

Shouldn't it in that case default to, say /var/lib/postgres?

I would really like to push back this whole discussion to adding the ability the flexibility to configure PostgreSQ as opposed to determining a specific configuration strategy.

Adding the ability is easy. Let the distros determine their strategy. Trying to enforce one way over another will make this continue on forever and will never be solved.

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