Thanks for the news. I'm on PostgreSQL 7.4.7, alas, and there's nothing I
can do about it because it resides on a host that I don't control. I
suppose if I don't find an alternative, I could move my development work to
a local installation of PostgreSQL 8.1.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tom Lane [mailto:tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us]
> Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2006 1:26 PM
> To: Ken Winter
> Cc: PostgreSQL pg-general List
> Subject: Re: [GENERAL] Seeking a better PL/pgSQL editor-debugger
> "Ken Winter" <ken(at)sunward(dot)org> writes:
> > I ask because I was stuck for two days on the following error message:
> > ERROR: syntax error at or near "LOOP"
> > CONTEXT: compile of PL/pgSQL function "gen_history" near line 126
> > and neither of those tools offered any more help than that. It turned
> > the error was a missing ";" way back in line 53, and it took two days of
> > trial and error and staring at the code to find it.
> What Postgres version are you using?
> I would blame the backend more than the client tools for the failure to
> localize this syntax error. We've made significant progress in 8.0
> and again in 8.1 on improving plpgsql's error messages --- if you are
> not on 8.1 the first thing to try is a backend upgrade.
> regards, tom lane
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