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BUG #4275: Multicolumn subquery expression not allowed on both sides of IS DISTINCT FROM

From: "Carl-Daniel Hailfinger" <c-d(dot)hailfinger(dot)devel(dot)2006(at)gmx(dot)net>
To: pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: BUG #4275: Multicolumn subquery expression not allowed on both sides of IS DISTINCT FROM
Date: 2008-07-01 02:47:45
Message-ID: 200807010247.m612ljXC053427@wwwmaster.postgresql.org (view raw or flat)
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The following bug has been logged online:

Bug reference:      4275
Logged by:          Carl-Daniel Hailfinger
Email address:      c-d(dot)hailfinger(dot)devel(dot)2006(at)gmx(dot)net
PostgreSQL version: 8.2.9
Operating system:   openSUSE Linux 10.3, x86
Description:        Multicolumn subquery expression not allowed on both
sides of IS DISTINCT FROM
Details: 

The PostgreSQL docs say a multicolumn subquery expression is not allowed on
both sides of IS DISTINCT FROM. The implementation conforms to the docs, but
AFAICS the SQL:2003 standard allows multicolumn subquery expressions on both
sides of the operator.

This works:
# SELECT ROW(true,true)=(SELECT true,true);

This doesn't:
# SELECT (SELECT true,true)=(SELECT true,true);
Error:  42601: subquery must return only one column
Location:  transformSubLink, parse_expr.c:1139

Expected result:
The second query has the same result as the first query (true).


Please allow me to explain why I think the standard allows multicolumn
subqueries on both sides of IS DISTINCT FROM:

  <distinct predicate>    ::=   <row value predicand 3> <distinct predicate
part 2>

  <distinct predicate part 2>    ::=   IS DISTINCT FROM <row value predicand
4>

  <row value predicand 3>    ::=   <row value predicand>

  <row value predicand 4>    ::=   <row value predicand> 

    <row value predicand>    ::=
         <row value special case>
     |     <row value constructor predicand> 

    <row value constructor predicand>    ::=
         <common value expression>
     |     <boolean predicand>
     |     <explicit row value constructor> 

    <explicit row value constructor>    ::=
         <left paren> <row value constructor element> <comma> <row value
constructor element list> <right paren>
     |     ROW <left paren> <row value constructor element list> <right
paren>
     |     <row subquery> 


So the following should be valid:
  <distinct predicate>    ::=  <row subquery> IS DISTINCT FROM <row
subquery>

Somebody in the #postgresql irc channel was so kind to test this on 8.3.3
with the same results.

Regards,
Carl-Daniel

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