PostgreSQL and MySQL

Blair Zajac blair at
Sat Jun 16 14:31:18 PDT 2007

Ryan Schmidt wrote:
> On Jun 16, 2007, at 15:23, N_Ox wrote:
>> Le 16 juin 07 à 22:06, James Berry a écrit :
>>> On Jun 16, 2007, at 7:55 AM, N_Ox wrote:
>>>> For consistency's sake, wouldn't it be nicer to make mysql5 server 
>>>> variant its own port,
>>>> as postgresql82-server port?
>>>> This way, ports could even depend on the mysql5 server without fail.
>>> Since server basically just adds the startupitem, I think we should 
>>> just make server the default. The startupitem should be harmless 
>>> unless explicitly loaded, and surely the couple of extra small files 
>>> is relatively no impact.
>>> Any objections?
>> I agree, that's even better!
>> But we should do the same in mysql5, then =).
> Did you mean "but we should do the same in postgresql82"?
> The objection might be that both postgresql82-server and mysql5 +server 
> currently add a system user/group. Users might not like that this 
> happens even when it's not needed.
> On the other hand, I have a hunch that someone installing mysql5 or 
> postgresql82 with MacPorts is more than likely going to want to run it 
> as a server. Also, AFAIK, the requisite mysql user/group is already 
> present on Mac OS X since 10.2? certainly since 10.3, which is the 
> earliest we support now. I don't know about the postgresql user/group 
> though.

I do want the ability to put MySQL/PostgreSQL on an external firewire or 
USB drive with a copy of MacPorts, walk over to another system, plug it 
in an run it.  So commonly, this means I build the package with the 
server option disabled, and have a GUI app start the server.

So having a port that doesn't install usernames and startup items is 
nice (for me).


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