On Saturday 26 August 2006 22:08, Matthew T. O'Connor wrote: > Joshua D. Drake wrote: > > Matthew T. O'Connor wrote: > >> 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. > > initdb will not overwrite an existing installation.
> Poorly chosen words. I meant, the problem where the start script will > create a new data dir when it doesn't see that one exists even though > one actually does exist it's just not available at the moment. Either > way, if the start scripts never created a data dir, then there is no > problem. If a prebuilt datadir tree were available, it would make it even easier for people to overwrite their existing data, as RPM does not check non-RPM-managed files prior to overwriting them. This was in fact done several years ago by Red Hat, and was speedily removed. I understand the needs from both angles; so I'll ask just a simple question: which is worse, annoying all the newbies who just want to get started quickly, or annoying the small number of people who NFS mount their datadirs? (I personally wouldn't in a million years trust NFS for ACID compliance; maybe iSCSI, but NFS?!?!). The behavior, in my opinion, should be configurable and ON by default. -- Lamar Owen Director of Information Technology Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute 1 PARI Drive Rosman, NC 28772 (828)862-5554 www.pari.edu ---------------------------(end of broadcast)--------------------------- TIP 3: Have you checked our extensive FAQ? http://www.postgresql.org/docs/faq