Tom Lane writes:
> 3. We will add explicit functions cidr(inet) and inet(cidr) to force
> the data type to one or the other style, thus allowing selection
> of either display style. Note that cidr(inet) will raise an error
> if given something with nonzeroes to the right of the netmask.
Not sure if using functions that look like a cast to control output format
is a good idea. The conversion inet => cidr seems most naturally left
with the network() function. The other conversion is not well-defined.
(You could define it in several reasonable ways, but that still doesn't
make it "well".) ISTM that you'd really need some function build_inet(a
cidr, b inet) returns inet, where b does not have a network and can
somehow be fitted into network a.
Actually, let's sign up Karel to write to_char(inet) and to_char(cidr).
> But in the long run it might be better to remove the
I say kill it ASAP. I don't think there was ever a good reason for this
besides implementation convenience; and the troubles it has caused are
Peter Eisentraut peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net http://yi.org/peter-e/
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