[development] Do not let postgresql hold back great patches

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Sat Nov 17 00:19:57 UTC 2007

On Nov 16, 2007 6:20 PM, Bill Moran <wmoran at potentialtech.com> wrote:

> Bill Moran <wmoran at potentialtech.com> wrote:
> >
> > "Karoly Negyesi" <karoly at negyesi.net> wrote:
> > >
> > > > In my opinion, the reason for that is that it's sooo damn easy
> > > > to install PostgreSQL and test a patch against it.
> > >
> > > You are kidding me. First of all, we do not even have enough patch
> testers. Second, damn easy to install PostgreSQL? Really? Where is the
> handbook page? The video?
> Wait a minute ... allow me to retract my previous statement and
> get out of the trap you tricked me into.
> Why are you being so confrontational?  You _asked_ _why_ and I
> gave you my opinion.  Now you're arguing that my opinion is no
> good, but it doesn't change the fact that it's still my opinion.
> Stop turning this into an argument and perhaps you'll get more
> support.  I have no desire to argue the relative difficulty of
> installing PostgreSQL on this list.  If you want to discuss
> that, take it to the PostgreSQL mailing lists.

Karoly is not being confrontational. Why do you say so?

His point is that we do not get enough testers IN GENERAL, let alone

The user base of PostgreSQL vs. MySQL on Drupal is far in favor of MySQL,
and hence testing and installed base is vastly in favor of MySQL.

Yes, PostgreSQL may be a better engine, may be damn easy to install, but
that is not the point. The point is having ENOUGH USER BASE WHO care to
spend the time to test patches, compatibility, upgrade path, ....etc.

The LOWER issue that is being refered to is this

I have voiced my concern, together with others, on adding so many columns
just to get around the case sensitive of a database that is not much in use.

So, Karoly is proposing that we test on MySQL, then throw the issue over the
fence to the folk who use (and care about) PostgreSQL for them to handle,
because of the INSTALLED BASE issue, and the TESTING RESOURCES issue. This
is NOT a technology issue.
Khalid M. Baheyeldin
Drupal optimization, development, customization and consulting.
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