Simon Riggs wrote: > On Mon, 2007-06-18 at 20:02 +0200, Peter Eisentraut wrote: > > Am Montag, 18. Juni 2007 19:03 schrieb Tom Lane: > > > In time-related contexts (eg ISO 8601) I'd expect just "h" "m" and "s". > > > > ISO 8601 appears to use a slightly different syntax for writing timespans. > > I > > would not object if anyone added support for that. > > > > > Since there's no likelihood that anyone would think autovacuum_naptime > > > is measured in meters, I think insisting that it must not be written as > > > "1m" is just pedantry. > > > > I'm pretty sure a lot of people would initially be confused why anyone > > would > > write time in meters, > > Nobody at all is going to be confused on that point because the physical > quantity of autovacuum_naptime is clearly Time and therefore "m" would > mean minutes. Time and Distance are fairly distinct and not easily > confused, except by those with a grounding in Riemannian manifolds. > > All parameters for which we can input a time unit are clearly named as > such and there would be no confusion anywhere. > > You are absolutely 100% right about your units and you've clearly done > your homework, but the standard PostgreSQL should apply here is > Usability, not the absolute letter of the law as laid down in a dusty > old document. There is nothing to be gained by adherence to ISO 31 or > ISO 8601, but certainly something to be lost. > > Please lets be real about this and allow the abbreviations suggested. > > Your efforts to introduce units is excellent and much appreciated by > all; please don't make them harder to use than the plain numbers were.
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