Andrew Dunstan <> writes:
> On 02/25/2017 01:14 PM, Tom Lane wrote:
>> Now, we could try to fix this bug, and add the regression test coverage
>> that the code clearly lacks, and upgrade the documentation about it from
>> its currently very sad state.  But I think the right answer is just to
>> remove the feature altogether.  It's evidently not being used, and it's
>> kind of insecure by design, and it would not be that hard for someone
>> to provide equivalent functionality entirely in userland if they really
>> wanted it.

> In PLv8 we added a parameter plv8.start_proc that names a parameterless
> function that's executed when plv8 is first called in each session. It
> can be used quite easily to implement something like a modules
> infrastructure - in fact I have used it to good effect for exactly that.
> Maybe something similar for pltcl would be a good thing.

Yeah, the only part that's even a bit hard to replicate in userland is
initializing the autoloading mechanism in each session.  It would be
cleaner to provide a feature similar to what you describe that could
be used for that purpose as well as others.  However, where does the
"parameterless function" come from?  Is it a regular PLv8 (or for this
purpose PL/Tcl) function expected to be present in pg_proc?

                        regards, tom lane

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