A client application can request cancellation of a command that is still being processed by the server, using the functions described in this section.
Creates a data structure containing the information needed to cancel a command issued through a particular database connection.
PGcancel *PQgetCancel(PGconn *conn);
PQgetCancel creates a
PGcancel object given a
PGconn connection object. It will return
NULL if the given
NULL or an invalid connection. The
PGcancel object is an opaque structure that is not meant to be accessed directly by the application; it can only be passed to
Frees a data structure created by
void PQfreeCancel(PGcancel *cancel);
Requests that the server abandon processing of the current command.
int PQcancel(PGcancel *cancel, char *errbuf, int errbufsize);
The return value is 1 if the cancel request was successfully dispatched and 0 if not. If not,
errbuf is filled with an explanatory error message.
errbuf must be a char array of size
errbufsize (the recommended size is 256 bytes).
Successful dispatch is no guarantee that the request will have any effect, however. If the cancellation is effective, the current command will terminate early and return an error result. If the cancellation fails (say, because the server was already done processing the command), then there will be no visible result at all.
PQcancel can safely be invoked from a signal handler, if the
errbuf is a local variable in the signal handler. The
PGcancel object is read-only as far as
PQcancel is concerned, so it can also be invoked from a thread that is separate from the one manipulating the
int PQrequestCancel(PGconn *conn);
Requests that the server abandon processing of the current command. It operates directly on the
PGconn object, and in case of failure stores the error message in the
PGconn object (whence it can be retrieved by
PQerrorMessage). Although the functionality is the same, this approach is not safe within multiple-thread programs or signal handlers, since it is possible that overwriting the
PGconn's error message will mess up the operation currently in progress on the connection.