Re: [HACKERS] [PATCH] Generic type subscripting

From: Dmitry Dolgov <9erthalion6(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Pavel Stehule <pavel(dot)stehule(at)gmail(dot)com>, Andres Freund <andres(at)anarazel(dot)de>, Alexander Korotkov <aekorotkov(at)gmail(dot)com>, Justin Pryzby <pryzby(at)telsasoft(dot)com>, David Steele <david(at)pgmasters(dot)net>, Nikita Glukhov <n(dot)gluhov(at)postgrespro(dot)ru>, Alvaro Herrera <alvherre(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>, David Fetter <david(at)fetter(dot)org>, Thomas Munro <thomas(dot)munro(at)gmail(dot)com>, Oleksandr Shulgin <oleksandr(dot)shulgin(at)zalando(dot)de>, Robert Haas <robertmhaas(at)gmail(dot)com>, Michael Paquier <michael(dot)paquier(at)gmail(dot)com>, Oleg Bartunov <obartunov(at)gmail(dot)com>, Peter Eisentraut <peter(dot)eisentraut(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>, PostgreSQL Hackers <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: [HACKERS] [PATCH] Generic type subscripting
Date: 2020-12-30 13:47:33
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> On Wed, Dec 30, 2020 at 02:45:12PM +0100, Dmitry Dolgov wrote:
> > On Sat, Dec 26, 2020 at 01:24:04PM -0500, Tom Lane wrote:
> >
> > In a case like jsonpath['...'], the initially UNKNOWN-type literal could
> > in theory be coerced to any of these types, so you'd have to resolve that
> > case manually. The overloaded-function code has an internal preference
> > that makes it choose TEXT if it has a choice of TEXT or some other target
> > type for an UNKNOWN input (cf parse_func.c starting about line 1150), but
> > if you ask can_coerce_type() it's going to say TRUE for all three cases.
> >
> > Roughly speaking, then, I think what you want to do is
> >
> > 1. If input type is UNKNOWNOID, choose result type TEXT.
> >
> > 2. Otherwise, apply can_coerce_type() to see if the input type can be
> > coerced to int4, text, or jsonpath. If it succeeds for none or more
> > than one of these, throw error. Otherwise choose the single successful
> > type.
> >
> > 3. Apply coerce_type() to coerce to the chosen result type.
> >
> > 4. At runtime, examine exprType() of the input to figure out what to do.
> Thanks, that was super useful. Following this suggestion I've made
> necessary adjustments for the patch. There is no jsonpath support, but
> this could be easily added on top.

And the forgotten patch itself.

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