On Fri, Jul 7, 2017 at 5:53 AM, Emrul <em...@emrul.com> wrote:
> Tom, thank you for that pointer.  I get now that it is not free and therefore
> why its not something that should be changed by default.
> I guess the problem is 'build your own copy' (i.e. compiling from source) is
> something that sends most DB teams running into the hills.
> A solution might be to make NAMEDATALEN configurable without having to
> recompile source (perhaps a config variable or an initdb parameter). When I
> have some free time I will investigate whether this is doable.

Well, it wouldn't be free.  The problem is:

typedef struct nameData
        char            data[NAMEDATALEN];
} NameData;

If it were not a compile-time constant, every bit of code that uses
NameData (or otherwise depends on NAMEDATALEN being constant) would
have to be changed.  That would be invasive and likely have at least a
minor performance cost.

Robert Haas
EnterpriseDB: http://www.enterprisedb.com
The Enterprise PostgreSQL Company

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