Neil Conway <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> Tom Lane wrote:
>> I think that using -P for pg_autovacuum is just plain stupid, even on a
>> nominally secure single-user box.

> Assuming that command-line parameters are actually globally visible on 
> your platform, which isn't necessarily the case.

I don't offhand know of any Unix platforms where they cannot be found
out --- you may have to use non-default ps arguments, but you can see
'em.  I do know of platforms where they cannot be hidden (Solaris for

> Anyway, I basically agree that the legitimate use-case for this feature 
> is pretty small, and it is probably worth removing. However, I don't 
> think it is urgent (there are plenty of other ways to shoot yourself in 
> the foot), and shouldn't be backpatched -- people may be using this 
> functionality.

My inclination is to remove this from HEAD (where it may be moot anyway
by the time 8.1 freezes) and from 8.0.

                        regards, tom lane

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