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Re: Minor FAQ correction suggestions

From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Ian Barwick <barwick(at)gmx(dot)net>
Cc: pgsql-docs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Minor FAQ correction suggestions
Date: 2002-10-14 03:15:02
Message-ID: 200210140315.g9E3F2p26080@candle.pha.pa.us (view raw or flat)
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Very nice.  I applied the entire patch;  it was all good.  I made a few
updates after applying your patch; patch attached.

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Ian Barwick wrote:
> 
> I'm reworking the German version of the FAQ (which is
> hopelessly outdated), in the course of which I've come across
> a few errors in the original (English) version,
> mainly minor things like spelling mistakes and broken links.
> Patch with suggested corrections attached (German version will 
> follow ASAP).
> 
> General alterations:
> 
> Some links corrected; links to the domain "postgresql.org" now uniformly 
> written as "PostgreSQL.org". Minor tidying up of formatting.
> 
> Some specific notes / questions on the following sections:
> 
> 1.4) What non-Unix ports are available?
> 
> -> win31.mak should be win32.mak
> 
> Added:
>   "A native port to some Microsoft platforms is currently being worked
>    upon."
> -> IIRC this is the case. Please correct if not.
> 
> 1.8) What documentation is available?
> The link http://www.PostgreSQL.org/books/ is broken,
> http://www.ca.PostgreSQL.org/books/ works. (It would be more
> logical to fix the link rather than the FAQ I think, though).
> 
> 3.9) What are the pg_sorttempNNN.NN files in my database directory?
> 
> -> presume this should read "What are the pg_tempNNN.NN files..." ??
> 
>  4.4) How do you remove a column from a table?
> -> ALTER TABLE DROP COLUMN supported as of 7.3 :-) 
> 
> 4.15.2) How do I get the value of a SERIAL insert?
> 
> -> Perl is a very versatile language, but this:
> 
>     new_id = output of "SELECT nextval('person_id_seq')"
>     INSERT INTO person (id, name) VALUES (new_id, 'Blaise Pascal');
> 
> is most definitely not Perl ;-). I have made up a pseudo-language for the
> example.
> 
> 4.16) What is an OID? What is a TID?
> ->  backend/access/transam.h should be include/access/transam.h 
> 
> 4.17) What is the meaning of some of the terms used in PostgreSQL?
> 
> -> The link http://www.comptechnews.com/~reaster/dbdesign.html is broken
> (the domain doesn't seem to exist). Suggest:
> http://hea-www.harvard.edu/MST/simul/software/docs/pkgs/pgsql/glossary/glossary.html
> as replacement.
> 
> 4.25) How do I return multiple rows or columns from a function?
> 
> -> Linked to current rather than developer documentation
> 
> 
> Regards
> 
> Ian Barwick
> barwick(at)gmx(dot)net

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