On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 10:35 AM, Bruce Momjian <br...@momjian.us> wrote:
> We keep re-litigating changes, either with pg_xlog, binaries, or
> pg_stat_activity, and at some point we need to settle on a
> policy.  The usual "change" options are:
> 1.  make the change now and mention it in the release notes
> 2.  #1, but also provide backward compatibility for 5+ years
> 3.  mark the feature as deprecated and remove/change it in 5+ years
> 4.  #3, but issue a warning for deprecated usage
> What causes us to choose different outcomes?

Well, sometimes backward compatibility is more possible than at other
times.  With standard_confirming_strings, we made it a GUC, but that
doesn't work with renaming a column in pg_stat_activity.  Also,
there's a big difference in my mind between changes that affect DBAs
and changes that affect user queries.

Robert Haas
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The Enterprise PostgreSQL Company

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