I wrote:
> I had been supposing that this was a feature addition and should be left
> for the next commitfest.  But given that it already works as-expected on
> popular platform(s), the fact that it doesn't work the same on some other
> platforms seems like a portability bug rather than a missing feature.
> Now I'm inclined to treat it as a bug and back-patch.

BTW, the main argument for considering it a new feature is that we don't
suggest anywhere in our code or docs that this will work.  If we're going
to go out of our way to make it work, should we mention it in psql-ref?
And what about changing the interactive prompt, along the lines of

End with a backslash and a period on a line by itself, or an EOF signal.

                        regards, tom lane

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