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Re: COPY FROM view

From: David Fetter <david(at)fetter(dot)org>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Alvaro Herrera <alvherre(at)alvh(dot)no-ip(dot)org>,Hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: COPY FROM view
Date: 2006-05-28 20:13:50
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On Sun, May 28, 2006 at 03:59:44PM -0400, Tom Lane wrote:
> Alvaro Herrera <alvherre(at)alvh(dot)no-ip(dot)org> writes:
> > I've been having the COPY FROM patch that was posted on
> > pgsql-patches some time ago (I think from Hannu Krossing), sitting
> > on my machine, with the intention to commit it for 8.2.  However
> > there's something I'm not very sure about -- the patch creates an
> > execution plan by passing a literal "SELECT * FROM view" to
> > pg_parse_query, pg_analyze_and_rewrite, and finally planner().
> > I'm sure we can make this work appropiately, patching over the
> > quoting issues that the patch doesn't deal with, but I'm unsure if
> > this is an acceptable approach.  (Actually I think it isn't.)  But
> > what is an acceptable way to do it?
> It seems to me that we had decided that "COPY FROM VIEW" is not even
> the conceptually right way to think about the missing feature.  It
> forces you to create a view (at least a temporary one) in order to
> do what you want.  Furthermore it brings up the question of why
> can't you COPY TO VIEW.  The correct way to think about it is to
> have a way of dumping the output of any arbitrary SELECT statement
> in COPY-like format.
> There was some previous discussion of exactly how to go about that;
> check the archives.  Offhand I think we might have liked the syntax
> COPY (parenthesized-SELECT-statement) TO ...

+1 :)

D (who now goes with CREATE TEMP TABLE, COPY, DROP)
David Fetter <david(at)fetter(dot)org>
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