On Wed, Jan 4, 2017 at 3:47 PM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:

> Magnus Hagander <mag...@hagander.net> writes:
> > On Tue, Jan 3, 2017 at 4:54 PM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
> >> I think probably the right thing for now is to install a do-nothing
> >> callback, so that at least we don't have the issue of the postmaster
> >> freezing at SIGHUP.  If someone feels like trying to revive support
> >> of passphrase-protected server keys, that would be a perfectly fine
> >> base to build on; they'd need a callback there anyway.
> > Does it still support passphrase protected ones on startup, or did that
> get
> > thrown out with the bathwater?
> It does not; what would be the point, if the key would be lost at SIGHUP?

If we lost it, yes. But we could keep the old key around if it hasn't
changed, thus behave just like we did in <= 9.6.

> > I think that's definitely a separate thing
> > and there are a nontrivial number of people who would be interested in a
> > setup where they can use a passphrase to protect it initially, just not
> > reload it.
> If any of those number of people want to step up and design/implement
> a non-broken solution for passphrases, that'd be fine with me.  But
> I would want to see something that's actually a credible solution,
> allowing the postmaster to be started as a normal daemon.  And working
> on Windows.

Well, for all those people 9.6 worked significantly better... Because they
could reload *other* config parameters without failure.

 Magnus Hagander
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