Andrew Sullivan wrote: > On Thu, Apr 03, 2003 at 02:39:17PM -0500, Tom Lane wrote: > > just not listing zero_damaged_pages in postgresql.conf.sample? We > > already have several variables deliberately not listed there ... > > Hey, that might be a good solution. Of course, it doesn't solve the > "doomsday device" problem, but nobody who uses it can complain that > they didn't know what the thing would do.
Shouldn't each variable listed in postgresql.conf.sample have comments right above it explaining what it does anyway? A self-documenting configuration file is a really handy thing to have. If it's documented that way in postgresql.conf.sample (and adjacent to the variable itself, even) then nobody who changed it would have grounds to complain about not knowing what the variable did. I'm much more in favor of being lucid and upfront about everything than hiding things just because they might be dangerous. That said, all sorts of warnings and such should be in that bit of documentation in postgresql.conf.sample, so that it's made abundantly clear that this particular option is not one to be messing with except when you know exactly what you're doing... -- Kevin Brown [EMAIL PROTECTED] ---------------------------(end of broadcast)--------------------------- TIP 2: you can get off all lists at once with the unregister command (send "unregister YourEmailAddressHere" to [EMAIL PROTECTED])