"Bryan White" <bryan(at)arcamax(dot)com> writes:
> This brings me to my question. The PQftype function returns an OID but I
> don't see any documentation on how to interpret it. Are the values constant
> for the built in types (specifically int4, text, and date)?
The OID for a type is the OID of the row for the type in the system
table pg_type. Try
select oid,* from pg_type;
and much will become clear. You can go from type name to OID and
vice versa with appropriate queries on pg_type.
OIDs for the system-defined types should be the same across all
installations. OIDs for user-defined types are likely to change
if you initdb and reload the database.
> Is there a way to encode the values in an insert/update statement such that
> they will be quietly converted to the proper type on the backend?
You should be able to do something like
for any standard type --- they all have string-to-datatype converters.
The parser essentially does the above for you when it sees an unadorned
42. It will also supply a free conversion from string literal to
most of the more complicated types (datetime, for instance). I imagine
that as an error-detection measure it will not supply a free
string-to-int or string-to-float conversion --- you have to write the
cast if you want a string literal to be read as an int or float.
regards, tom lane
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