Tom Lane wrote:
mlw <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
Here is the test, configure a server, with sendmail, named, apache, and 
PostgreSQL. Tell me which of these systems doesn't configure right.

AFAIK, only one of those four is designed to support multiple instances
running on a single machine.  This is not unrelated.

While I will agree with you on sendmail and named, Apache is often run more than once with different options.
Furthermore, I hate to keep bringing it up, Oracle does use the configuration file methodology.

Tom, I just don't understand why this is being resisted so vigorously. What is wrong with starting PostgreSQL as:

postmaster -C /etc/postgresql.conf

UNIX admins would love to have this as a methodology, I don't think you can deny this, can you? I, as a long term PG user, really really want this, because in the long run, it makes PostgreSQL easier to administer.

If a patch allows PG to function as it does, but also allows a configuration file methodology, why not?

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