2008/7/30 Hannu Krosing <hannu(at)krosing(dot)net>:
> On Wed, 2008-07-30 at 07:29 +0200, Pavel Stehule wrote:
>> 2008/7/29 Hannu Krosing <hannu(at)krosing(dot)net>:
>> > On Thu, 2008-07-17 at 19:13 -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
>> >> I've been working on the TABLE-function patch, and I am coming to the
>> >> conclusion that it's really a bad idea for plpgsql to not associate
>> >> variables with output columns --- that is, I think we should make
>> >> RETURNS TABLE columns semantically just the same as OUT parameters.
>> > I just looked at recent cahnges in pl/python, and found out that RETURNS
>> > TABLE is _NOT_ semantically just the same as OUT parameters, at least at
>> > API level.
>> > Why can't it be ?
>> > Why is PROARGMODE_TABLE needed at all ?
>> because I need to separate classic OUT args from table args.
> I read your explanation, and I still don't understand, why can't TABLE
> and SETOF RECORD + OUT args be just different spellings of the same
> Is there a scenario, where both are needed in the same function ?
>> TABLE function has more clean syntax, then our SRF functions,
> True. But why is separation on C API level needed ?
do you know any better way? I need to carry result description, and
using proargmodes is natural. In other case I needed add column to
pg_proc with result descriptor.
>> and it isn't
>> related only to SQL/PSM. It works nice together with SQL language.
>> Actually TABLE variables are exactly same as OUT variables (in
>> plpgsq), that is possible, but I am not sure, if it's best too.
> Still I have the same question - What is the difference ?
* remove varname and colname colisions
* solve unclean result type rules (one column .. specific type, two
and more .. record)
>> I have prototype where is possible declare variables derivated from
>> function return type
>> create function foo(..) returns table(x int, y int) as $$
>> declare result foo%rowtype; resx foo.x%type; ....
> I still don't see, why the same thing can't work on
> create function foo(OUT x int, OUT y int) returns setof record as $$
> declare result foo%rowtype; resx foo.x%type; ...
no it isn't. In this case you has local variables x, y - it's one from
typical postgresql bug
create function foo(out x int, out y iny)
returns setof record as $$
for x,y in select x,y from tab loop -- it's wrong!!
create function foo(out x int, out y int)
returns setof record as $$
return query select x, y from tab; -- it's wrong too !
>> all this has to minimalist risk of variables and sql object name collisions.
> Are there any cases, where TABLE functions and OUT + returns SETOF
> RECORD functions are _called_ differently ?
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