In short, you can specify a function in dist/api_dist.py that is subsequently called to validate configuration values. The only values I implemented were huffman_key and huffman_value, as a proof-of-concept, but it could certainly apply to other configuration values like block_compressor, or collator.
As I said, I think this makes things better, but it doesn't solve all of the hard cases. For example, I can't think of any reasonable way to catch:
without actually creating the underlying files when the LSM tree is created.
If session.create is the real problem here: we could probably figure out a way to execute the full session.create path without actually creating the file. It wouldn't be pretty, but as I said, if session.create is the real problem, that might be another way to attack it.
WT-1536, agorrod commented:
> Could we consider splitting out configuration validation from the various open methods?
and after poking around this morning, I'm much less optimistic that would be possible – catching the above error without actually creating the file (or at least, pretending to create the file), seems almost impossible to me.