On Sun, Aug 13, 2006 at 11:45:43AM -0400, Bruce Momjian wrote:
> David Fetter wrote:
> > > Our distribution is not a place to experiment with things.
> > > That's what separate pgfoundry projects are for.  The fact we
> > > have some unusual things in /contrib is not a reason to add
> > > more.
> > 
> > If it's on track to become part of PostgreSQL, as other innovative
> > features have in the past, it very much does belong there.  Why
> > marginalize the very thing that PostgreSQL is really good
> > at--innovative new features--by putting it somewhere where few
> > people will ever even see it?
> > 
> > If there were some very, very clear language every place a person
> > could download, check references, or install PostgreSQL that new
> > experimental features are at pgFoundry, that might be different.
> > As it is, you have to be truly dedicated even to discover that
> > pgFoundry exists.
> > 
> > Let's get full disjunctions in contrib with a good README and have
> > people figure out what to do with them from there.  If no one
> > demands full inclusion in a couple of versions, let's take it out.
> Where does it stop, then?  Do we have everything in /contrib.  I
> don't see how this scales.  When we took the code from Berkely, it
> had everyone's doctoral thesis in there, and we had to remove alot
> of it because it was just too messy.

If it were just me laying out the boundary, I'd say that anything that
changes the grammar of SQL--for example, adding FULL
DISJUNCTION--can't really be a viable trial outside the main
distribution channels and deserves a couple of versions' stay in one
of those channels if it passes the scrutiny of -hackers.  I'd love to
see a "main distribution channel" that's not contrib, but that's for
the future and full disjunctions are now. :)

David Fetter <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> http://fetter.org/
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