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General Bug Report: obscure error when misusing table name as an attribute

From: Unprivileged user <nobody>
To: pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: General Bug Report: obscure error when misusing table name as an attribute
Date: 1999-04-26 17:28:31
Message-ID: 199904261728.NAA49159@hub.org (view raw or flat)
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Your name               : Diab Jerius
Your email address      : djerius(at)cfa(dot)harvard(dot)edu

Category                : unknown
Severity                : non-critical

Summary: obscure error when misusing table name as an attribute

System Configuration
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  Operating System   : Solaris 2.6

  PostgreSQL version : 6.4.2

  Compiler used      : Sunpro cc 4.2

Hardware:
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SunOS fondue 5.6 Generic_105181-12 sun4m sparc SUNW,SPARCstation-20


Versions of other tools:
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flex 2.5.4


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Problem Description:
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I get a very obscure error message when I mistakenly use
a table name as an attribute and compare it to
an IN clause	

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Test Case:
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xrcf_tc_log is a table; there is no attribute in xrcf_tc_log
named xrcf_tc_log

spectral=> select xtc_testid from xrcf_tc_log where xrcf_tc_log not in ( select trwid from as_run_cmdb );
NOTICE:  unknown node tag 704 in fireRIRonSubselect()
NOTICE:  Node is: { IDENT "xrcf_tc_log" }
ERROR:  ExecEvalExpr: unknown expression type 704


Shouldn't it say something like "Yo Dude! no such attribute"?

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Solution:
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