I do think we need a boolean for start/stop of archiving, rather than
setting it to '' to turn it off.  Tom, I think the group agreed to this
on clarity grounds.  I would like the server to throw an error if you
try to turn on archiving and the command is set to ''.


Simon Riggs wrote:
> On Wed, 2004-07-21 at 15:53, Tom Lane wrote:
> > Klaus Naumann <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > > Simon doesn't mean the recovery part. Instead he means the "normal"
> > > startup of the server. It has to be absolutely clear (in the logfile!) if
> > > the server was started in archive mode or not. Otherwise you always have
> > > to guess.
> > 
> > Why would you guess?  "SHOW archive_command" will tell you, without
> > question, at any time.  I don't see the point of placing such a message
> > in the postmaster log --- in normal circumstances the postmaster will
> > still be running long after its starting messages have been discarded
> > due to log rotation.
> > 
> > Also, the current implementation allows you to stop and start archiving
> > on-the-fly, so a start-time message would be an unreliable guide to what
> > the postmaster is actually doing at the moment.
> > 
> Overall, this is a small point and I think we should leave Tom alone, to
> focus on the bigger issues that we care about.
> Tom has done an amazingly good job in the last few days of refactoring
> some reasonably ugly code on my part, all without a murmur. I relent on
> this to allow everything to be finished in time. 
> The PITR journey has just begun, so there will be further opportunity to
> discuss and agree what constitutes real issues and then correct them.
> This may not be on that list later.
> Best Regards, Simon Riggs

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