pginstaller for 8.1

Got together with Dave this monday as I was visiting the UK. Didn't have much time to do anything productive, but we did get some discussion going on what to do about pginstaller for 8.1. Some highlights:

  • User creation has to be moved to the execute sequence. This probably shouldn't be too hard now. It was when we first added it, but things have changed since. This would also mean it could easily be exposed to silent installs, which is a much requested feature.
  • We need to move libpq.dll out of SYSTEM32. The current working model for this is to just remove the ability to move binaries between different directories, and force them into the same directory. Then we just stick libpq.dll there, and the problem is solved. We still need to do some testing on how this will effect the ODBC driver (the new one uses libpq), especially if you have 8.0 installed with libpq.dll in SYSTEM32.
  • Slony will definitly be included, assuming the win32 version is stable and released. But that's the hope.

Of course, we're going to try to tick off anything else that is on the feature tracker on pgfoundry. If anybody wants to help out, now's a great time to start feeding patches :-)

And Dave - nice meeting you! Looking forward to the next time - most likely in Tokyo for the Slony talk!


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