Bruce Momjian writes:
On Mon, Aug 19, 2013 at 11:20:42AM +0300, Heikki Linnakangas wrote:
I think "promote" file should trigger the fast promotion, and the
filename to trigger the slow mode should be called
"fallback_promote" or "safe_promote" or something like that. There
wasn't any good reason to change the filename primarily used. It
might even break people's scripts for no good reason, if people are
creating the $PGDATA/promote file themselves without using pg_ctl.

(I raised this back in April, but Simon argued strongly for the
current situation. I never understood why.
If we're going to change this in 9.3, it needs to happen *now*, as in
the next couple hours, because I plan to wrap rc1 this afternoon.
Please stop discussing and commit something.

    regards, tom lane

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