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Re: possible bug with group by?

From: Joseph Shraibman <jks(at)selectacast(dot)net>
To: Stephan Szabo <sszabo(at)kick(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-sql(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: possible bug with group by?
Date: 2000-05-24 23:21:35
Message-ID: 392C63FF.F0186004@selectacast.net (view raw or flat)
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Stephan Szabo wrote:
> 
> > Is this a bug or am I just misunderstanding something?
> >
> > playpen=> create table tablea ( a int,b int , c int );
> > CREATE
> > playpen=> insert into tablea(a, b) values (1 ,2);
> > INSERT 28299 1
> > playpen=> insert into tablea(a, b, c) values (2 ,3, 4);
> > INSERT 28300 1
> > playpen=> select a, b, case when c is null then 'not set' else 'set' end
> > as z from tablea;
> > a|b|z
> > -+-+-------
> > 1|2|not set
> > 2|3|set
> > (2 rows)
> >
> >
> > playpen=> select a, b, case when c is null then 'not set' else 'set' end
> > as z from tablea group by a, b, z;
> > ERROR:  Unable to identify an operator '<' for types 'unknown' and
> > 'unknown'
> >         You will have to retype this query using an explicit cast
> > playpen=>
> 
> I'm not 100% sure, but my guess would be that it's not certain what
> type 'not set' and 'set' are going to be (hence type 'unknown') and when
> it tries to group it, it's unable to determine how to tell what's greater
> than
> something else.

But why would group by need to sort it?  To insert it into a tree to
make lookups of distinct values faster?
> 
> As a workaround, you should be able to do something like the following:
> select a,b, case when c is null then cast('not set' as text) else cast('set'
> as text)
> end as z from tablea group by a, b, z;

That does work. Thanks.

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