On Mon, 9 Jul 2007, Tom Lane wrote:

Today's puzzler for the curious:

Last night the buildfarm reported two ECPG-Check failures


which promptly went away again.  Judging by the timestamps these must
have been induced by Joe's PQconnectionUsedPassword() patch and fixed by
my subsequent tweaking, but how the heck did that result in an ecpg
failure?  I think that the cause must have had something to do with his
inclusion of postgres_fe.h into libpq-fe.h, which I took out on the
grounds that it was an unacceptable pollution of client code namespace.
But exactly why/how did that break ecpg, and why did the failure only
manifest on NetBSD machines?

It turns out that this failure was caused by pulling in pg's own printf implementation to the resulting ECPG program. The failing test (dyntest.pgc) prints its output using:

printf ("%.*f\n", PRECISION, DOUBLEVAR);

Calling printf("%.*f\n", -1, 14.7) results in "14" from pg_printf and "14.700000" from NetBSD's.

This would only happen on machines where we don't use the system provided printf which is why it was only seen on NetBSD although in could have been seen on mingw as well.

Kris Jurka

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