"Reggie Burnett" <rykr(at)bellsouth(dot)net> writes:
> I have started experimenting with an access layer for pgsql and have a
> question. I had someone on this list tell me that the oid values that
> come back from the server are tag identifiers for that row/column
> combination and are not type indicators.
I think your someone is confused. There are no identifiers associated
with row/column combinations.
> Yet, when I create multiple
> tables/columns each having the same type (int32), the same oid keeps
> being returned.
The OIDs returned in RowDescription messages uniquely identify datatypes
(more specifically, pg_type rows). They will be stable short of DROP
TYPE/CREATE TYPE shenanigans. (However, user-defined types might not
get the same OIDs assigned after a dump/reload cycle. It's probably
reasonable to treat type OIDs as stable for the life of a connection,
but not as constants of nature.)
OIDs are also used for other purposes, so your confusion may stem from
confusing pg_type OIDs with other OIDs. In the current system
implementation, OIDs are unique row identifiers only within individual
tables --- perhaps not even then, if the table doesn't have a unique
index on its OID field. Thus, a pg_type OID uniquely identifies a
datatype, but that doesn't mean that the same OID number could not
appear in pg_class, pg_rewrite, or other system or user tables.
regards, tom lane
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