> I had thought that char2-16 add _no_ functionality over the char() and
> varchar() types; Tatsuo points out at least one capability which they
> have. Are there any others?
> They give and take a char * pointer to a C function like
> create function upper(char16)
> returning char16 as '/u/my/upper.so' language 'sql';
> whereas char() gives a varlena pointer.
I don't really see this as a big deal since, for example, only 16 bytes
are allocated for a char16, so it is not guaranteed to be zero delimited
and you have to make a working copy to use libc functions anyway. Also,
that is really an implementation detail or annoyance rather than a
With the macros that are provided for the varlena structure
manipulations, things are pretty convenient. Are there more macros which
could be helpful here??
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