Monday, September 8, 2008

Re: [HACKERS] [PATCH] Cleanup of GUC units code

Gregory Stark wrote:
> "Greg Sabino Mullane" <> writes:
> > Tom Lane wrote:
> >> My vote is to reject the patch and work on a config checker.
> >
> > +1
> >
> >> postgres=# set work_mem = '1g';
> >> ERROR: invalid value for parameter "work_mem": "1g"
> >
> > Perhaps this would be a great place for a HINT listing all
> > valid inputs, if not there already?
> It is, I paraphrased it on my original message as:
> HINT: It's perfectly clear what you want but I'm going to refuse to do
> it until you type it exactly as I say: "GB"

It's good as a joke, but what if the user says '1024b'? Does it mean
1024 blocks or one kilobyte? If blocks, what size are we talking, the
usual 512 bytes, or our BLCKSZ?

Alvaro Herrera
PostgreSQL Replication, Consulting, Custom Development, 24x7 support

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