On Mon, Feb 27, 2006 at 11:39:30AM -0500, Tom Lane wrote:
| Josh Berkus <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com> writes:
| >> No way. The entire point of information_schema is that it is standard;
| >> adding non-spec things to it renders it no better than direct access
| >> to the PG catalogs.
| > Hmmm ... so, per you, we can't add extra views covering non-spec
| > objects to the information_schema (like aggregates) because we
| > can't modify it in any way. But per Peter we can't add new
| > views to the pg_catalog because we want people to use
| > information_schema. I sense a catch-22 here.
| I doubt Peter really meant that we can't add any new views; in
| particular, for information that is not available from the standard
| information_schema it's certainly silly to claim that people should go
| to information_schema for it. I do see his point that we shouldn't
| unnecessarily duplicate functionality that's available in a standardized
If my opinion is worth anything here, nothing should go in the
information_schema unless is is specified in one of the SQL1992,
SQL1999, or SQL2003 specifications. According to my objectives,
if it isn't in the information_schema, I should not be using it.
I've been using information_schema reflectively, and would have
been confused to see anything in there that wasn't in the specs.
| I do have doubts about adding any large number of add-on views to
| pg_catalog, because of the privileged place of that schema in search
| paths. It'd be better to put them in a separate schema ("pg_info"
| maybe?) where they'd pose less risk of conflicts with user-defined names.
| Does newsysviews already do this?
A separate pg_info probably would not hurt, I suppose.
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