I have defined a datatype called "varcharci", shamelessly yanking the
input, output, recv and send functions from varchar. This means (as far
as I understand things) that this type is binary compatible with varchar.
As such, I used the following two lines:
create cast ( varcharci AS varchar ) WITHOUT FUNCTION AS IMPLICIT;
create cast ( varchar AS varcharci ) WITHOUT FUNCTION AS ASSIGNMENT;
I defined two tables. Both have a column called "name". One is a
varchar, and the other is a varcharci. When I try to do the following
select, I get an error:
test=# select test2.id as "id-1", test3.id as "id-2", test2.name from
test2 inner join test3 on test2.name=test3.name;
ERROR: operator does not exist: character varying = varcharci
HINT: No operator matches the given name and argument type(s). You may
need to add explicit type casts.
When I add an explicit cast, everything works:
sun=# select test2.id as "id-1", test3.id as "id-2", test2.name from
test2 inner join test3 on test2.name=cast(test3.name as varchar);
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Why is that? Being as it is that no operator = is defined for varcharci,
and that the cast from varchar to varcharci is "as assignment" anyways,
shouldn't postgres be able to do the cast implicitly?
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