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Re: [HACKERS] CIDR/INET improvements

From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Joachim Wieland <joe(at)mcknight(dot)de>, PostgreSQL-patches <pgsql-patches(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: [HACKERS] CIDR/INET improvements
Date: 2006-01-24 04:15:47
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I looked into this, and it seems the easiest solution is to just call
network() if a cidr-cast value is output and the value is actually an
inet value internally.

Patch for testing attached.  Passes regression tests.  By affecting only
the output you can internally cast back and forth and only output is
affected.  However, if you load in a dump that was interally inet but
was dumped out as cidr-cast, you lose the unmasked bits.


Tom Lane wrote:
> Joachim Wieland <joe(at)mcknight(dot)de> writes:
> > Actually both types are not binary compatible, since they have a
> > type component that is either 0 or 1, depending on whether it is of type
> > INET or CIDR.
> The whole question of the relationship of those types really needs to be
> looked at more carefully.  We've got this schizophrenic idea that they
> sometimes are the same type and sometimes are not.  ISTM that either
> they are the same type (and having a bit within the data is reasonable)
> or they are distinct types (in which case the bit within the data should
> be redundant).  I'm not sure which is better.
> I think the reason why things are as they are right now is to avoid
> needing a pile of redundant-seeming pg_proc entries, eg you'd need
> both abbrev(inet) and abbrev(cidr) if you were taking a hard line
> about them being different types.
> You can *not* just throw in a cast that removes the bit without breaking
> many of those functions for the CIDR case.  For instance abbrev behaves
> differently depending on the state of the bit:
> regression=# select abbrev(cidr '');
>  abbrev
> ---------
>  10.1/16
> (1 row)
> regression=# select abbrev(inet '');
>    abbrev
> -------------
> (1 row)
> > What about functions to get/set a specific byte, for example:
> I would vote against adding any such thing in the absence of any strong
> demand for it.  I think functions that expose the underlying data just
> encourage people to write IPv4-only code.  If you can't define and use
> the function in a way that handles both IPv4 and IPv6, you probably
> shouldn't have it.
> 			regards, tom lane
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