Here is a patch to support two aggregate functions:
1) ARRAY_AGG() -- SQL 2008 standard behavior, returns NULL on no input,
and skips NULL inputs.
2) ARRAY_ACCUM() -- Returns empty array on no input, and includes NULL
These accumulate the result in a memory context that lives across calls
to the state function, so it's reasonably efficient. On my old laptop it
takes about 5s to generate an array of 1M elements -- not great, but at
least it's linear.
Although array_agg is the standard behavior, array_accum is important
because otherwise you always lose the NULLs, and that's difficult to
work around even with COALESCE.
I added them as new native functions because ARRAY_AGG is in the
standard, but if others think they should live elsewhere that's fine. I
think that they are generally pretty useful functions for people using
This patch is contributed by Truviso.
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