DROP FUNCTION — remove a function
DROP FUNCTION [ IF EXISTS ]
name[ ( [ [
argtype[, ...] ] ) ] [, ...] [ CASCADE | RESTRICT ]
DROP FUNCTION removes the
definition of an existing function. To execute this command the
user must be the owner of the function. The argument types to the
function must be specified, since several different functions can
exist with the same name and different argument lists.
Do not throw an error if the function does not exist. A notice is issued in this case.
The name (optionally schema-qualified) of an existing function. If no argument list is specified, the name must be unique in its schema.
The mode of an argument:
If omitted, the default is
DROP FUNCTION does not actually
pay any attention to
since only the input arguments are needed to determine the
function's identity. So it is sufficient to list the
The name of an argument. Note that
FUNCTION does not actually pay any attention to argument
names, since only the argument data types are needed to determine
the function's identity.
The data type(s) of the function's arguments (optionally schema-qualified), if any.
Automatically drop objects that depend on the function (such as operators or triggers), and in turn all objects that depend on those objects (see Section 5.13).
Refuse to drop the function if any objects depend on it. This is the default.
This command removes the square root function:
DROP FUNCTION sqrt(integer);
Drop multiple functions in one command:
DROP FUNCTION sqrt(integer), sqrt(bigint);
If the function name is unique in its schema, it can be referred to without an argument list:
DROP FUNCTION update_employee_salaries;
Note that this is different from
DROP FUNCTION update_employee_salaries();
which refers to a function with zero arguments, whereas the first variant can refer to a function with any number of arguments, including zero, as long as the name is unique.
This command conforms to the SQL standard, with these PostgreSQL extensions:
The standard only allows one function to be dropped per command.
IF EXISTS option
The ability to specify argument modes and names
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