> -----Original Message-----
> From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] 
> [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Tom Lane
> Sent: 10 June 2005 14:52
> To: Andreas Pflug
> Cc: PostgreSQL-patches
> Subject: Re: [PATCHES] Server instrumentation 
> 
> 
> > pg_file_stat()
> > pg_file_length()
> > pg_file_read()
> > pg_file_write()
> > pg_file_unlink()
> > pg_file_rename()
> > pg_dir_ls()
> 
> I really have serious doubts about the value of this.

They allow superusers to view and modify the server configuration using
tools like pgAdmin or phpPgAdmin. The functionality this allows has been
standard in SQL Server for years and users coming from that platform
that we are now offering an alternative to expect this. It's been a
while, but iirc, DB2 was likewise configurable in this way last time I
used it, and I believe Oracle was as well.

Regards, Dave.

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