Jim C. Nasby wrote:
On Sat, Aug 26, 2006 at 01:32:17PM -0700, Joshua D. Drake wrote:
I am not exactly sure why we initdb at all. IMHO it would be better if the start script just checked if there was a cluster. If not, it wouldn't start, it would error with: You do not have a cluster, please read man page on initdb.

As Tom mentioned, it's for newbie-friendliness. While I can understand
that, I think it needs to be easy to shut that off.

I understand that, but it seems the whole problem of people overwriting there data dir is because we initdb from the start script. If we installed the datadir during the RPM install, it would still be newbie friendly and would removed initdb from start script solving that problem.

The only downside is larger disk foot-print for something that a user may never use. Given the size of todays hard drives, and the size of a standard RedHat install, I don't think that is much of an issue.

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