Stephen Frost <sfr...@snowman.net> writes: > * Josh Berkus (j...@berkus.org) wrote: >> If we clearly mark the old function names as deprecated aliases, client >> tools will gradually move to the new names.
> No, they won't. They haven't. Look at pg_shadow- it was clearly marked > as deprecated in *8.1*. Back in 8.1 we didn't have extensions. Now that we do, I think the terms of discussion are a bit different. In particular, if we relegate the aliases to an extension, the pain of getting/installing that extension will provide a forcing function encouraging users to fix their code so they don't need it anymore. Also, our experience with contrib/tsearch2 suggests that the extension shouldn't be part of contrib, because we have zero track record of getting rid of stuff in contrib, no matter how dead it is. So I'm entirely happy with somebody who feels a need for this developing an extension that we don't ship with the core system, and maintaining it for as long as they continue to feel the need for it. We couldn't stop that from happening anyway. But let's not buy into maintaining it as part of the core distribution. We don't have a mechanism for getting rid of stuff once it's in the distro. regards, tom lane -- Sent via pgsql-hackers mailing list (email@example.com) To make changes to your subscription: http://www.postgresql.org/mailpref/pgsql-hackers