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Re: [PATCHES] Cascaded Column Drop

From: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: Rod Taylor <rbt(at)rbt(dot)ca>
Cc: Tim Knowles <tim(at)ametco(dot)co(dot)uk>,PostgreSQL-development <pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: [PATCHES] Cascaded Column Drop
Date: 2002-09-29 02:41:50
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Rod Taylor <rbt(at)rbt(dot)ca> writes:
>> I did something about this --- as of CVS tip, you can do
>> regression=# create table foo (f1 int);
>> regression=# alter table foo drop column f1;
>> regression=# select * from foo;

> Which of course would dump as 'create table foo ();'.

True.  I didn't say that everything would be happy with it ;-).  I think
that a zero-column table is only useful as a transient state, and so I'm
happy as long as the backend doesn't core dump.

> I don't think relcache would like a table without any columns, which is
> why the above is rejected.

Relcache doesn't seem to have a problem with it.

> Anyway, should pg_dump ignore the table entirely?  Or do we try to allow
> create table () without any attributes?

I feel no strong need to do either.  But it likely would only take
removal of this error check:

regression=# create table foo ();
ERROR:  DefineRelation: please inherit from a relation or define an attribute

at least as far as the backend goes.

			regards, tom lane

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