On Mon, May 29, 2017 at 03:55:08PM -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
> I'm too lazy to search the archives right now, but there was some case
> years ago where somebody destroyed their database via an ill-thought-out
> combination of automatic-initdb-if-$PGDATA-isn't-there and slow mounting.
> We'd have to be very sure that any auto-directory-creation behavior didn't
> have a potential for that.  Perhaps doing it only for temp tablespaces
> alleviates some of the risk, but it still seems pretty scary.

Here is the Joe Conway report from 2004:


and later references to the report from Joe Conway (2005):


and you (2007):


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