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Re: selecting from cursor

From: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Alex Pilosov <alex(at)pilosoft(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: selecting from cursor
Date: 2001-07-03 17:34:08
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Alex Pilosov <alex(at)pilosoft(dot)com> writes:
> On Tue, 3 Jul 2001, Tom Lane wrote:
>> So you have four (soon to be six or seven) different structs that *must*
>> have the same fields?  I don't think that's cleaner than a union ...

> Please see my diffs. Its implemented via #define to declare all common
> fields. 
>     NodeTag     type; \
>     [etc]

I don't think that technique is cleaner than a union, either ;-).
The macro definition is a pain in the neck: you have to play games with
semicolon placement, most tools won't autoindent it nicely, etc etc.

But the main point is that I think NodeType = RangeTblEntry with
a separate subtype field is a better way to go than making a bunch of
different NodeType values.  When most of the fields are common, as in
this case, it's going to be true that many places only want to know
"is it a rangetable entry or not?"

			regards, tom lane

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