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Re: Range Types - symmetric

From: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>
To: Jeff Davis <pgsql(at)j-davis(dot)com>
Cc: Christopher Browne <cbbrowne(at)gmail(dot)com>, Erik Rijkers <er(at)xs4all(dot)nl>, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Range Types - symmetric
Date: 2011-09-24 14:49:54
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Jeff Davis wrote:
> On Tue, 2011-09-13 at 12:34 -0400, Christopher Browne wrote:
> > > select int4range(5,2);
> > > ERROR:  range lower bound must be less than or equal to range upper bound
> > >
> > > Of course, I won't argue this is a bug, but I was wondering if it wouldn't be handy to allow a
> > > 'symmetric' mode in range construction, where, if the first of the pair is higher than the second,
> > > they are automatically swapped, similar to SYMMETRIC in the BETWEEN clause.
> ...
> > If you have a computation that gets a "backwards" range, then it is
> > more than possible that what you've got isn't an error of getting the
> > range backwards, but rather the error that your data is
> > overconstraining, and that you don't actually have a legitimate range.
> Agreed. On balance, it's just as likely that you miss an error as save a
> few keystrokes.
> I'll add that it would also cause a little confusion with inclusivity.
> What if you do: '[5,2)'::int4range? Is that really '[2,5)' or '(2,5]'?

Reminder:  BETWEEEN supports the SYMMETRIC keyword, so there is
a precedent for this.

  Bruce Momjian  <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>

  + It's impossible for everything to be true. +

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