Robert Haas <> writes:
> On Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 12:12 PM, Peter Eisentraut
> <> wrote:
>> One hiccup I found is that server_version_num is not sent to clients.
>> Instead, libpq assembles the numeric version number itself from the
>> string version, and it will fail if it sees only one number (e.g.,
>> 10devel).  It will then set the version number to 0 for "unknown".


> This pretty much sucks.  I suppose we could at least alleviate the
> problem by back-patching some intelligence about the new scheme into
> back-branches, but of course that will only help people if they
> install newer minor releases.

Yeah.  I doubt there is much reason to assume that people would be
using, say, a 9.5.5 psql and a 9.5.3 libpq or vice versa.  Whatever
the current client behavior is is what people will see.

Having said that, this sort of problem is one reason we wanted to give
ourselves a full year to implement the new scheme.  If we put some
appropriate fix into the back branches *now*, there would be a fair
amount of daylight for that to spread into the field before any users
would be seeing v10 servers in practice.

So it seems like fixing libpq's parsing of server_version_num is
something we definitely want to fix ASAP in all back branches.
Is there anything else that's particularly bad?

                        regards, tom lane

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