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"Freezing" per-role settings

From: David Fetter <david(at)fetter(dot)org>
To: PG Hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: "Freezing" per-role settings
Date: 2010-09-07 18:39:01
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I noticed a little unimplemented feature which I suspect a lot of
people would find useful, namely the ability to "freeze" certain
settings for a role.

Example: We'd like to create a role called read_only, with eponymous
capability.  At the moment, we can't do what's below, but I'd like to
be able to make it possible.  First, we'd issue the following, which
doesn't work yet:

    ALTER ROLE read_only SET transaction_isolation read_only;

Then, there's one way via DCL (Data Control Language)

    REVOKE SET transaction_isolation FROM read_only;

Another would be via DDL:

    ALTER ROLE read_only FREEZE transaction_isolation;

I'd think of the reverse of each of these as GRANT and ALTER ...  THAW,

Is anyone else interested in such a feature?  If so, is it more
DCL-ish, or more DDL-ish?

David Fetter <david(at)fetter(dot)org>
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