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Re: [INTERFACES] types oids

From: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Nicolas Aragon <nyco(at)jet(dot)es>
Cc: pgsql-interfaces(at)postgreSQL(dot)org
Subject: Re: [INTERFACES] types oids
Date: 1999-08-17 00:23:31
Message-ID: 6511.934849411@sss.pgh.pa.us (view raw or flat)
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Nicolas Aragon <nyco(at)jet(dot)es> writes:
> But this leads me to new questions because it seems that standard types
> aren't hardcoded anywhere. pg_type tells me the name, size and some other
> information about the type. But what about the "kind" of the type (numeric,
> text, date...)?

You pretty much have to know from the name what the datatype is.
Postgres doesn't have any type categorization like that.  (Maybe it
should ... I think there are some hacks in the parser that amount to
categorizing the standard datatypes, but that knowledge is not visible
outside the parser.)

> I can only think of comparing the name with a list of names for standard
> types. Is there another simpler method? A standard relation between standard
> types and their OIDs?

In reality, the OIDs assigned to standard types like "bool" and "int4"
are unlikely ever to change; they certainly will not change faster than
once per Postgres major release.  You could probably get away with
hard-wiring the knowledge that OID 16 == bool, say.  If that seems a
little too ugly, reading the OIDs for known types during startup is
plenty good enough.

If you are dealing with user-defined types, looking up the OIDs at
startup is the way to go.  (User type OIDs could change across a
database dump/reload, so hardwiring those would be a bad idea.)

> I can even think that.... is the user (admin) allowed to change the names
> of standard types?

Not if he wants things to keep working ;-)

> Another, more trivial question: do you know where to find nice logos
> for postgres?

See the website.

			regards, tom lane

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