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Re: cast bytea to/from bit strings

From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Fabien COELHO <coelho(at)cri(dot)ensmp(dot)fr>
Cc: PostgreSQL Patches <pgsql-patches(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: cast bytea to/from bit strings
Date: 2006-05-06 12:36:58
Message-ID: 200605061236.k46CawU29622@candle.pha.pa.us (view raw or flat)
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Fabien COELHO wrote:
> 
> Dear Bruce,
> 
> > I am not sure this is of general enough usefulness to be in the backend.
> 
> Hmm...
> 
> I think that the inability to convert nearly binary compatible standard 
> types one to the other is a postgresql issue. Even if it is not often 
> useful, the point is completeness and soundness of the type provided by 
> the core. More over I haven't found any work around with decode/encode and 
> other casts functions. Bytea is somehow an isolated type, which makes it 
> not so useful from within the database.
> 
> > Can you add it as a pgfoundry project?
> 
> I could do it, but ISTM it is really overkill for two stupid 10 lines 
> functions that deal with internal core types.

OK, can I get some feedback from others about this patch?

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