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Re: BUG #1517: SQL interval syntax is accepted by the parser,

From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Roy Badami <roy(at)gnomon(dot)org(dot)uk>
Cc: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>, pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: BUG #1517: SQL interval syntax is accepted by the parser,
Date: 2005-03-24 03:39:27
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Roy Badami wrote:
>     Roy> The 'constraint' (interval type descriptor or whatever it's
>     Roy> really called) is mandatory in standard SQL, I think, so
>     Roy> there's no ambiguity anyway, unless anyone is using this
>     Roy> undocumented syntax at the moment...
> Incidentally, this was the ratinale behind my earlier suggestion, that:
>  * if the interval type descriptor is absent, parse the interval as a
>    traditional postgres interval
>  * if the interval type descriptor is present, parse the interval according
>    to the standard syntax
> I have no objection to allowing things like
>    '1 hour 10 minutes' DAY TO SECOND
> but I'm just wondering whether the hybrid syntax is an unnecessary
> complication.

Added to TODO:

        o For syntax that isn't uniquely ISO or PG syntax, like '1:30' or
          '1', treat as ISO if there is a range specification clause,
          and as PG if there no clause is present, e.g. interpret '1:30'
          MINUTE TO SECOND as '1 minute 30 seconds', and interpret '1:30'
          as '1 hour, 30 minutes'

This brings up the issue of how we are to output interval values. 
Currently we do:
	test=> select interval '1 hour 1 minute';
	(1 row)

	test=> select interval '1 hour 1 second' hour to minute;
	(1 row)

so I think we are OK because we don't output ambiguous syntax.

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