Joe Conway <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> Here is a patch to expand pg_settings. I included more than discussed 
> because it was easy and I thought it might be useful. Let me know if you 
> want some of them removed.

Much of what you've included is part of the internal implementation of 
GUC, and I think it's unwise to expose it; any future changes in GUC
might break the view (or more accurately break apps that are expecting
the view to look a particular way).

I agree with adding context, vartype, min_val, and max_val.  Not sure
about boot_val or reset_val.  The RH guys do want to expose boot_val
in their tool, since it's concerned with helping people set up
postgresql.conf, but is it really useful for clients to see it?
reset_val might be okay to expose ... not sure if we'd ever want to
remove that concept from the implementation.

> name             | DateStyle
> setting          | ISO with US (NonEuropean) conventions

This reminds me, someone (Barry?) was griping that SHOW DATESTYLE
doesn't produce a value that SET DATESTYLE will take.  Did we agree
that it was OK to change the output to look like "ISO, US" etc?

                        regards, tom lane

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