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User-defined type arrays?

From: Eric Bieschke <eric(at)savagebeast(dot)com>
To: pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: User-defined type arrays?
Date: 2004-10-24 00:01:23
Message-ID: D796616C-254F-11D9-914C-000D932A45E6@savagebeast.com (view raw or flat)
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Greetings.

I'm in the process of porting an existing Oracle pl/SQL implementation 
to Postgres and plpgsql. My schema, constraint, index, and type 
conversion all went surprisingly smooth. I've now begun to shift my 
existing pl/SQL implementations to plpgsql and haven't yet figured out 
how to properly create pgplsql function parameters of user-defined type 
arrays. In hunting down this issue, I realize that I do not understand 
how to correctly create user-defined type arrays in any context, not 
just within stored function signatures.

I believe this is possible, as the PostGres 7.4 documentation at 
http://www.postgresql.org/docs/7.4/static/arrays.html says "Arrays of 
any built-in type or user-defined type can be created."

Below is an example of me first creating a table containing a column 
using a built-in type array. I then create a user-defined type, and 
then receive an error when trying to create a table containing a column 
using a user-defined type array:

eric(at)cure> psql eric0
Welcome to psql 7.4.3, the PostgreSQL interactive terminal.

Type:  \copyright for distribution terms
        \h for help with SQL commands
        \? for help on internal slash commands
        \g or terminate with semicolon to execute query
        \q to quit

eric0=# create table foo ( bar varchar[] );
CREATE TABLE
eric0=# \d foo
             Table "public.foo"
  Column |        Type         | Modifiers
--------+---------------------+-----------
  bar    | character varying[] |

eric0=# create type baz as ( garply integer );
CREATE TYPE
eric0=# \d baz
Composite type "public.baz"
  Column |  Type
--------+---------
  garply | integer

eric0=# create table waldo ( qux baz[] );
ERROR:  type "baz[]" does not exist
eric0=# \q

I'm hoping someone can clue me in as to the correct syntax for what I'm 
attempting to do, or general guidance.

Thanks in advance.

-- Eric Bieschke


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