* Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us> [001027 17:04]:
> BTW, does it strike anyone else as peculiar that the host(),
> broadcast(), network(), and netmask() functions yield results
> of type text, rather than type inet? Seems like it'd be considerably
> more useful if they returned values of type inet with masklen = 32
> (except for network(), which would keep the original masklen while
> coercing bits to its right to 0).
> Given the current proposal that inet_out should always display all 4
> octets, and the existing fact that inet_out suppresses display of
> a /32 netmask, the textual display of SELECT host(...) etc would
> remain the same as it is now. But AFAICS you could do more with
> an inet-type result value, like say compare it to other inet or cidr
> values ...
> Comments? Why was it done this way, anyway?
It doesn't bother me, as long as there is someway for me to get from a
CIDR type to 4 octets output with no mask indicated, and print the
broadcast and netmask and bits out separately from ONE column in the
I.E. for select
220.127.116.11 18.104.22.168 255.255.255.0
Aside from that, I'm not picky.
> regards, tom lane
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