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Re: arrays as pl/perl input arguments [PATCH]

From: "David E(dot) Wheeler" <david(at)kineticode(dot)com>
To: Alexey Klyukin <alexk(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org, Andrew Dunstan <andrew(at)dunslane(dot)net>
Subject: Re: arrays as pl/perl input arguments [PATCH]
Date: 2011-01-11 23:07:53
Message-ID: 5E1F901A-E1A3-4BF9-8AE7-20128503FB6C@kineticode.com (view raw or flat)
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On Jan 11, 2011, at 2:25 PM, Alexey Klyukin wrote:

> Hello,
> 
> Here's the patch that improves handling of arrays as pl/perl function input
> arguments, converting postgres arrays of arbitrary dimensions into perl array
> references.

Awesome! I've wanted this for *years*.

> It includes regression tests and a documentation changes, and it
> builds and runs successfully on my mac os x and linux boxes. To maintain
> compatibility with existing pl/perl code a new variable,
> plperl.convert_array_arguments (better name?), is introduced. Its default
> value is false, when set to true it triggers the new behavior, i.e.

Have you considered instead passing an array-based object with is string overloading designed to return the pg array string format? That would make for nice, transparent compatibility without the need for a GUC.

Not my idea, BTW, but suggested by Tim Bunce.

Best,

David


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