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Re: xpath processing brain dead

From: Andrew Dunstan <andrew(at)dunslane(dot)net>
To: Hannu Krosing <hannu(at)2ndQuadrant(dot)com>
Cc: Robert Haas <robertmhaas(at)gmail(dot)com>, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>, Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>, PostgreSQL-development <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>, Nikolay Samokhvalov <samokhvalov(at)gmail(dot)com>
Subject: Re: xpath processing brain dead
Date: 2009-02-27 21:37:15
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Hannu Krosing wrote:
> On Thu, 2009-02-26 at 13:51 -0500, Robert Haas wrote:
>>> What I have proposed for 8.3 should not break a single case that currently
>>> behaves usefully. If anyone has a counter-example please show it.
>>> What I have proposed for 8.4 possibly would break current "useful" behaviour
>>> (FSVO "useful"), but should be done anyway on correctness grounds.
>> I dunno, aren't XML document fragments sort of a pretty common case?
> I'd rather argue that xml datatype should not even accept anything but
> complete xml documents. Same as int field does not accept int[].
> Or maybe we rather need separate xmldocument and xmlforest/xmlfragments
> types in next releases and leave the "base" xml as it is but deprecated
> due to inability to fix it without breaking backwards compatibility.

Some of the functions, including some specified in the standard, produce 
fragments. That's why we have the 'IS DOCUMENT' test.

You can also force validation as a document by saying  SET XML OPTION 



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