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Re: Type OIDs

From: Florian Weimer <fw(at)deneb(dot)enyo(dot)de>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: pgsql-interfaces(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Type OIDs
Date: 2009-06-06 10:32:07
Message-ID: 87r5xxwt3s.fsf@mid.deneb.enyo.de (view raw or flat)
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* Tom Lane:

> Florian Weimer <fw(at)deneb(dot)enyo(dot)de> writes:
>> Can I embed the types I'm interested in into my program, or should I
>> query the server at least once per connection to get the mapping?  I'm
>> interested in types such as INTEGER, TEXT, BYTEA, etc.  No user
>> defined types, and nothing fancy.  Ultra-long-term portability isn't
>> required, either.
>
> Well, the type OIDs of the standard built-in types haven't changed in
> at least ten years, but that doesn't mean we won't change 'em in the
> future.  I'd advise at least using the #define's from pg_type.h rather
> than writing actual numeric constants.

Okay, will do that. Thanks.

By the way, the binary encoding would be pretty useful for BYTEA
columns and parameters, but it's a pretty hefty burden for almost
anything else.  Wouldn't it make sense to add a format flag which
basically says "binary if it's BYTEA, otherwise text"?  I don't think
many host languages make a strong distinction between BYTEA and TEXT
types (except those which use UTF-16 and expose that to the user, like
Java and C#).  As a result, it is difficult to specify the right types
when talking to the server.  You don't want to label a column as BYTEA
overeagerly because it will break type inference on the SQL side (I
think).

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