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Re: cataloguing NOT NULL constraints

From: Alvaro Herrera <alvherre(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
To: Dean Rasheed <dean(dot)a(dot)rasheed(at)gmail(dot)com>
Cc: Robert Haas <robertmhaas(at)gmail(dot)com>, Pg Hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: cataloguing NOT NULL constraints
Date: 2011-08-03 17:12:38
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Excerpts from Dean Rasheed's message of mié ago 03 03:11:32 -0400 2011:
> On 3 August 2011 04:40, Alvaro Herrera <alvherre(at)commandprompt(dot)com> wrote:
> > Excerpts from Dean Rasheed's message of sáb jul 30 18:40:46 -0400 2011:
> >
> >> Looks pretty good to me (not too dirty). I suppose given that the
> >> parser transforms AT_ColumnConstraint into one of the existing command
> >> subtypes, you could just have gram.y emit an AT_AddConstraint with the
> >> ColumnDef attached, to save adding a new subtype, but there's probably
> >> not much difference.
> >
> > Thanks.  I've done the other changes you suggested, but I don't see that
> > it's desirable to have gram.y emit AT_AddConstraint directly.  It seems
> > cleaner to be able to turn a NOT NULL constraint into AT_SetNotNull
> > in parse_utilcmd instead.
> I wasn't proposing getting rid of that bit in parse_utilcmd. I just
> meant move the block that calls transformColumnConstraints() to the
> AT_AddConstraint case in transformAlterTableStmt(). So it would test
> if it has a ColumnDef attached, and either process a table constraint
> or a set of column constraints. That would avoid the need for a new
> command subtype, and so the changes to tablecmds.c would not be
> needed. I think it would also avoid the need to add colname to the
> Constraint struct, so none of the parsenodes.h changes would be needed
> either.

Oh, I see.  Well, the problem is precisely that we don't have a
ColumnDef at that point.

... ah, maybe what we could do is have gram.y create a ColumnDef in the
new production, and stick that in cmd->def instead of the list of
constraints.  So parse_utilcmd would have to know that if that node
IsA(ColumnDef) then it needs to deal with column constraints.  It seems
a bit cleaner overall, though it's still wart-ish.

Álvaro Herrera <alvherre(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
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