Karl O. Pinc wrote:
> On 12/21/2005 10:04:34 AM, Bruce Momjian wrote:
> > I have applied the following documentation patch to HEAD and 8.1.X.
> Thanks. If only I pay attention when reading the documentation
> that will help tremendously. :-)
The previous example was just 3.5 * '1 hour'. I think we need to add
some simpler ones that used other units, so that is done.
> > I also fixed an example '1 day' - '1 hour' which now computes
> > differently
> > <row>
> > <entry> <literal>-</literal> </entry>
> > <entry><literal>interval '1 day' - interval '1 hour'</literal></
> > entry>
> > - <entry><literal>interval '23:00'</literal></entry>
> > + <entry><literal>interval '1 day -01:00:00'</literal></entry>
> > </row>
> I'm sure you've thought of this so if all is well
> in Postgres land please don't bother to write
> but I figured I'd write anyway.
> I find this a little spooky. Is
> interval '1 day' - interval '1 hour'
> = double precision 23 * interval '1 hour'
Right, that was wrong. The new documentation is correct:
test=> select interval '1 day' - interval '1 hour';
1 day -01:00:00
The issue is that we don't know if that day was 24 hours or 24 +/- 1
> If so, do they have the same external (string) representation?
> It'd be wierd to have one value with two external
> representations. It'd also be wierd the other way,
> to have two different internal values that for all
> purposes other than equality are the same.
We have buckets for seconds, days, and months, and justification
functions to convert up.
> Anyhow, I just took a little time looking at the
> on-line docs for 8.1 and it does not seem to have a
> lot to say about the canonical external interval
> representation other than:
> In ISO mode the output looks like
> [ quantity unit [ ... ] ] [ days ] [ hours:minutes:seconds ]
> This does not seem to be the interval representation
> appearing in the example in the patch.
Uh, units could be 'days', etc.
> (psql-patches not cc-ed. OT?)
Yep, docs list added.
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