Andres Freund wrote:
> On 2017-10-11 10:53:56 +0200, Alvaro Herrera wrote:

> > I wonder if it'd be a good idea to nag external users about pq_sendint
> > usage (is a #warning possible?).
> Think we'd need some separate infrastructure, i.e. for gcc ending up
> with __attribute__((deprecated)). I don't quite see this being worth
> adding it, but ...

Probably not.

> > OTOH, do we really need to keep it
> > around?  Maybe we should ditch it, since obviously the compat shim can
> > be installed locally in each extension that really needs it (thinking
> > that most external code can simply be adjusted to the new functions).
> That seems like causing unnecessary pain - we're talking about a few
> lines in a header here, right? It's not like they'll be trivially
> converting to pq_sendint$width anytime soon, unless we backpatch this.

Well, my concern is to ensure that extension authors take advantage of
the optimized implementation.  If we never let them know that we've
rewritten things, most are not going to realize they can make their
extensions faster with a very simple code change.  On the other hand, I
suppose that for the vast majority of extensions, doing the change is
unlikely to have a noticeable in performance, so perhaps we should just
keep the shim and move along.

If do nothing, it's unlikely we'd ever get rid of the compat function.
Maybe add a comment suggesting to remove once pg10 is out of support?

> > I'm scared about the not-null-terminated stringinfo stuff.  Is it
> > possible to create bugs by polluting a stringinfo with it, then having
> > the stringinfo be used by unsuspecting code?  Admittedly, you can break
> > things already with the binary appends, so probably not an issue.
> All of the converted sites already add integers into the StringInfo -
> and most of the those integers consist out of a couple bytes of 0,
> because they're lengths. So I don't think there's a huge danger here.

Right, agreed on that.

Álvaro Herrera      
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