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On 6/12/07, Andrej Ricnik-Bay  wrote:
On 6/13/07, Andrew Hammond  wrote:
> The problem here is that there aren't really very many defined
> defaults, or that these defaults vary (sometimes greatly) between the
> different flavors of UNIX. For example, please tell me:
> 1) Where should PGDATA default to?
> 2) How do you want to handle logging output from the postmaster? There
> are plenty of options...
> 3) Where should those log files get written?
> 4) For 1 and 3, will that support multiple major versions of
> PostgreSQL? (ie, can I have 8.2.latest and 8.1.latest installed at the
> same time)
> 5) How about multiple postmasters (on different ports)?
Exactly :} ... all very good points... and then there's still the
ownerships of processes and directories/files, and their perms.
And integration with the init-scripts.  And how e.g. the environment
variables for users should be handled.

> I think that the community would be well served by standardizing on
> these things, at least for basic installations.
But whose decision should that be?
The postgres' developers?
I think that the defaults that the configure script suggests are
quite sane, and happily use them in my Slackware installations.

They're reasonable for a system which only wants a single version of
the binaries installed at any given time. Generally I want to have at
least two binaries on a production server at any given time: the one
I'm running and either the one I'm upgrading to or the one I just
upgraded from. Adding slony into the mix makes things even more
complicated along those lines.

Linux File system Hierarchy standards?  Which major distro(s)? And
what about the BSDs (or the commercial Unices supported)?

I think a cage match would be a good way to settle this, and we could
use money collected by selling the even to pay-per-view to fund
development of Optimizer Hints.

Seriously though, just having some suggestions about where these
things belong in the docs wouldn't hurt and might actually lead to
some convergence.

And while at it: who would define what a "basic installation" is? :)

I'd be willing to take a stab at that one (since it's pretty easy).

A basic installation is any install where the person or software doing
the install doesn't care about anything more than "getting postgres
running" (NB: no mention of version numbers, performance requirements,
or... well... anything a serious use would care about).

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