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IN with arrays

From: Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>
To: pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: IN with arrays
Date: 2007-04-16 06:48:54
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I'm wondering why a IN b isn't equivalent to a = ANY b for arrays, as it 
is for subqueries.

That is, why can't you write

SELECT 1 IN ( ARRAY[1, 2, 3] );

when you can write

SELECT 1 = ANY ( ARRAY[1, 2, 3] );


I'm guessing that there is a semantic inconsistency between these 
expressions, as the first one considers what is in parentheses as a 
list, the second one as a single expression.  That would be very bad.

Peter Eisentraut


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