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52.3. Foreign Data Wrapper Helper Functions

Several helper functions are exported from the core server so that authors of foreign data wrappers can get easy access to attributes of FDW-related objects, such as FDW options. To use any of these functions, you need to include the header file foreign/foreign.h in your source file. That header also defines the struct types that are returned by these functions.

ForeignDataWrapper *
GetForeignDataWrapper(Oid fdwid);

This function returns a ForeignDataWrapper object for the foreign-data wrapper with the given OID. A ForeignDataWrapper object contains properties of the FDW (see foreign/foreign.h for details).

ForeignServer *
GetForeignServer(Oid serverid);

This function returns a ForeignServer object for the foreign server with the given OID. A ForeignServer object contains properties of the server (see foreign/foreign.h for details).

UserMapping *
GetUserMapping(Oid userid, Oid serverid);

This function returns a UserMapping object for the user mapping of the given role on the given server. (If there is no mapping for the specific user, it will return the mapping for PUBLIC, or throw error if there is none.) A UserMapping object contains properties of the user mapping (see foreign/foreign.h for details).

ForeignTable *
GetForeignTable(Oid relid);

This function returns a ForeignTable object for the foreign table with the given OID. A ForeignTable object contains properties of the foreign table (see foreign/foreign.h for details).

List *
GetForeignColumnOptions(Oid relid, AttrNumber attnum);

This function returns the per-column FDW options for the column with the given foreign table OID and attribute number, in the form of a list of DefElem. NIL is returned if the column has no options.

Some object types have name-based lookup functions in addition to the OID-based ones:

ForeignDataWrapper *
GetForeignDataWrapperByName(const char *name, bool missing_ok);

This function returns a ForeignDataWrapper object for the foreign-data wrapper with the given name. If the wrapper is not found, return NULL if missing_ok is true, otherwise raise an error.

ForeignServer *
GetForeignServerByName(const char *name, bool missing_ok);

This function returns a ForeignServer object for the foreign server with the given name. If the server is not found, return NULL if missing_ok is true, otherwise raise an error.

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