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DELETE with LIMIT (or my first hack)

From: Daniel Loureiro <loureirorg(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: DELETE with LIMIT (or my first hack)
Date: 2010-11-30 02:08:02
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frequently i have accidents with DELETE/UPDATE commands. In fact, sometimes
in the last 8 or 9 years (ok, a lot of times) I forget the entire WHERE
clause or have a “not so perfectly“ WHERE clause, with an awful suprise.
There’s no words to figure the horror ever time i see that the number of
affected rows its not 1 or two how expected, but the entire table. So I
planned to make a hack to make the “LIMIT” directive available to “DELETE”

So, can anyone help-me in how to do this ? This its my plan: 1) change the
lex grammar (wheres the file ?) 2) change the parser to accept the new
grammar 3) change the executor to stop after “n” successful iterations. Is
this correct ?


Daniel Loureiro


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