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Re: Patch to add insert of multiple tuples per INSERT statement

From: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Liam Stewart <liams(at)redhat(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-patches(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Patch to add insert of multiple tuples per INSERT statement
Date: 2001-07-31 16:16:58
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Liam Stewart <liams(at)redhat(dot)com> writes:
> The attached patch adds the ability to explicitly insert multiple tuples
> per insert statement. ie:
> INSERT INTO tab [(col1, col2, ...)] VALUES (x1, y1, ...), (x2, y2, ...), ... ;
> as per the todo list entry.

There are several things that need to be cleaned up here.

1. The static TupleCount variable is pretty ugly, and unnecessary because
there are already mechanisms in the executor to keep track of the number
of tuples processed --- here's an example:

regression=# insert into foo select * from int8_tbl;
regression=# insert into foo select * from int8_tbl limit 1;
INSERT 146302 1

Please do this the way the rest of the code does it.

2. You missed the equal-func for InsertStmt.  In general, when changing
fields of a Node structure, there are copy, equality, input, and output
functions to be looked at.  The input and output functions may be
omitted for node types that never appear in stored rules, however, and
InsertStmt doesn't.  But copy and equality are always there.

3. Please also fix the other copy of the grammar in
src/interfaces/ecpg/preproc/preproc.y.  (If anyone has an idea how to
not duplicate most of the grammar for ecpg, I'd love to hear it.)

4. I don't like the approach of converting an InsertStmt into an
extras_after list --- the extras_after list is a hack, and shouldn't
be depended on unnecessarily.  Seems like a cleaner approach would be to
do all the looping in transformInsertStmt.  In any case, the use of
both targetList and tupleList in the InsertStmt node is peculiar and
very inadequately documented --- it took me some time to see that what
you had done was not outright broken.  Please improve the comments in
parsenodes.h, if nothing else.

A more general point, though this may be more than you wanted to tackle
now, is that in the long run complexifying INSERT processing is exactly
*not* the way to go about this.  If you read the SQL92 grammar you'll
see that "VALUES (row), (row), ..." is actually a kind of <query
expression> and should be accepted anywhere that a sub-SELECT would be.
So eventually we want to allow that and simplify INSERT to have only one
case covering both INSERT ... VALUES and INSERT ... SELECT.  This, as
well as allowing the SQL-mandated capability of writing DEFAULT for any
one column of an INSERT, was what I had taken the TODO item to mean.

			regards, tom lane

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