One of my jobs recently has been to develop an application whose backend is to be PostgreSQL. However, as a backend I've been developing with MySQL. The idea is that they both use SQL and anything I do on MySQL (msql) should work on PostgreSQL (psql). How misguided can I be!
In an attempt to prevent problems in the future I have been trying to get psql setup on my Linux server. Yesterday I finally gave up. Nothing on Linux is for the feint-hearted but psql just isn't worth the stress. My problem has not been the installation, which Red Hat takes care of quite well. Rather it's allowing other machines to connect to psql. Apparently, it's just a case of supplying an extra argument to the startup scripts. I've tried everything but to no avail.
What made me laugh was when I tried to search their site to see if anybody had had this problem solved for them. Their server suffered the exact same problem. Apparently they had a fire that day. This was about the point where I thought sod this, msql is so much easier.
Now to my problem. Was what happened ironic? I have problems with the concept of irony and try not to use the word as much as I can. What I do know is what is not ironic and I constantly remind people when they use the term out of place. Hence I have to be careful when using it myself around the same people so that they can't catch me out as well. Would that be ironic? I just don't know...