Re: \describe*

From: Alvaro Herrera <alvherre(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>
To: Corey Huinker <corey(dot)huinker(at)gmail(dot)com>
Cc: Thomas Munro <thomas(dot)munro(at)gmail(dot)com>, Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>, David Fetter <david(at)fetter(dot)org>, Ryan Murphy <ryanfmurphy(at)gmail(dot)com>, Vik Fearing <vik(dot)fearing(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>, pgsql-hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)lists(dot)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: \describe*
Date: 2019-09-03 18:33:05
Message-ID: 20190903183305.GA20191@alvherre.pgsql
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On 2019-Aug-01, Corey Huinker wrote:

> From all this, I have so far concluded:
> 1. There is real demand to be able to easily see the basic structure of
> tables, views, and indexes in a way that strikes a balance between detail
> and clutter.

That's great. That said, I'm not opposed to a DESCRIBE server-side
command, and others have shown some interest too. However, the thread
and commitfest entry at hand refer to a new psql command \describe,
which is completely unrelated. So I suggest we should close this CF
entry as Returned with Feedback, and wait until Corey comes back with a
server-side patch for DESCRIBE. I don't see the point of keeping a
\describe item alive if the patch we ultimately end up doing is
something completely different.

Álvaro Herrera
PostgreSQL Development, 24x7 Support, Remote DBA, Training & Services

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