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Re: Review: listagg aggregate

From: Pavel Stehule <pavel(dot)stehule(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: Takahiro Itagaki <itagaki(dot)takahiro(at)oss(dot)ntt(dot)co(dot)jp>
Cc: "David E(dot) Wheeler" <david(at)kineticode(dot)com>, "pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org Hackers" <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Review: listagg aggregate
Date: 2010-01-28 08:37:46
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2010/1/28 Takahiro Itagaki <itagaki(dot)takahiro(at)oss(dot)ntt(dot)co(dot)jp>:
> Pavel Stehule <pavel(dot)stehule(at)gmail(dot)com> wrote:
>> with actualised oids
> I'm checking the patch for commit, and have a couple of comments.
> * I think we cannot cache the delimiter at the first call.
>  For example,
>    SELECT string_agg(elem, delim)
>      FROM (VALUES('A', ','), ('B', '+'), ('C', '*')) t(elem, delim);
>  should return 'A+B*C' rather than 'A,B,C'.

no I dislike it. This using is nonsense.


> * Can we use StringInfo directly as the aggregate context instead of
>  StringAggState? For the first reason, we need to drop 'delimiter' field
>  from struct StringAggState. Now it has only StringInfo field.
> * We'd better avoiding to call text_to_cstring() for delimitors and elements
>  for performance reason. We can use appendBinaryStringInfo() here.
> My proposal patch attached.
> Also, I've not changed it yet, but it might be considerable:
> * Do we need better names for string_agg1_transfn and string_agg2_transfn?
>  They are almost "internal names", but we could have more
>  like string_agg_with_sep_transfn.
> Comments?
> Regards,
> ---
> Takahiro Itagaki
> NTT Open Source Software Center

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