On Thu, 13 Jul 2006, Andrew Dunstan wrote:
Tom Lane wrote:
The right way to proceed is what was mentioned in another message: work
harder at educating packagers about which non-core projects are worth
including in their packages. I have to confess contributing to the
problem, as I'm not currently including eg. Slony in the Red Hat RPMs.
I certainly should be --- but "fixing" that by pushing Slony into the
core PG distro is not a solution.
Well, there are other good reasons not to in the slony case.
But anyway, I was wondering if we could make life easier by providing a
script which would fetch some set of addon features, and make building the
whole lot together easy.
No doubt some people will not want to make choices, but I think we need to,
to some extent. I broadly agree with what Martijn has just said, although I
doubt that pgFoundry's Top Downloads section is much of a guide. If we
recommend something we need to be prepared to exerciase some jusgement and
have the courage of our convictions.
Personally, I would start with:
python stuff (not sure which, as I don't use it)
The perl and php clients, and libpqxx would also be possibilities.
Just a thought, but if one of the big beefs is ppl not finding out about
things, why not just add a simple README.addons to the distribution, and
have it so that when a 'make install' is finished, the last thing that
happens is this get 'less'd to their screen?
The thing is, this whole discussion is moot *except* as far as packagers
are concerned, or the ones that download from ftp.postgresql.org and build
from source ... a packager is going to split all those individual 'extras'
off into seperate packages, or, I imagine, in alot of cases, not do
*anything* with them as its not within their realm of interest ...
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