With 9.0b4, I am testing the new NOTIFY payload feature. One thing I noticed is that it seems impossible to differentiate at the receiving end from:
So, it is impossible to differentiate between a notification with an empty string payload and a notification without a payload due to the backend protocol defining the payload as a string. Perhaps a boolean could be added to the backend protocol to account for this and then "extra" could be set to NULL in libpq.
This could be handy when converting codebases that use LISTEN/NOTIFY when one wishes to be warned of "old" NOTIFYs being used without a payload.
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