Naming of postgresql & related
Daniel J. Luke
dluke at geeklair.net
Sat Nov 4 06:46:38 PST 2006
On Nov 4, 2006, at 6:39 AM, Jyrki Wahlstedt wrote:
> I just wonder about naming postgresql, some other ports could have
> the same. Currently postgresql installs v.7.4.12. Then we have
> postgresql7 (v.7.4.13), postgresql8 (v.8.1.3) and postgresql81 (v.
> 8.1.4). This is a mess. I think postgresql should always be the
> latest, then we could, if we want, to have version-specific ports
> (~7, ~8, ~81). How about this?
This was changed because people do 'port upgrade' and wanted things
to work. And because of your point below, the easiest thing is to
just have version-specific ports (and let the user handle the file
format incompatible upgrades themselves).
I believe the 'postgresql' port was deprecated when the decision was
made and that it was intended for it to be removed (but I could
> The related thing comes from the fact that the database formats
> between point versions of postgresql are not compatible (8.0->8.1).
> Is there a way to make sure that database is dumped before upgrade.
That is probably possible, but I don't know if it makes sense to
attempt this (for instance, I have a database that would take days to
dump that contains data that I'm happy to toss when I want to do an
upgrade, but the upgrade step can't know that).
Also, 'upgrade' isn't really a normal target, so it would be a hack
in the portfile to attempt to do this.
> Could one ask a question from the user and wait for an answer (to
> confirm the operation)?
No. Ports don't prompt for things - this would break unattended
Daniel J. Luke
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