On Tue, 2007-09-18 at 19:13 -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
> Radoslaw Zielinski <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > "pg_ctl -w -D ... start" doesn't work when unix_socket_directory is set
> > to somewhere else than the compiled in default ("/tmp").
> pg_ctl not working is going to be the very least of your worries;
> pretty much nothing else will either.

If you mean client applications won't work, that would be expected from
such a change to the server configuration.

> If you want some other socket directory, I strongly recommend setting
> the path to it at compile time so that it's properly wired into libpq.
> AFAICS the only value in specifying unix_socket_directory at server
> start is if you actually *want* a stealth server that won't be found
> by clients without manual intervention.

Those arguments apply almost as well to the server port. The server port
is read from the postgresql.conf from pg_ctl, but not the socket

It's an annoyance: if you change the default socket directory, you're
probably going to break your init script (on FreeBSD you will, because
it uses "-w"). I don't think that's the expected result, and it's not
intuitive to find the cause of the problem.

I think the inconsistency between server port number and socket
directory is less than ideal. However, I also don't feel very strongly
about it. It's rare, and a there are plenty of workarounds. 

        Jeff Davis

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